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VOL. xcvm. No. 8 



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Entered as secoDd-class matter December 22, 1906, at the Post Offlce at New Tork, N. T., under the act of March >, 1S79. 

NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 1930 



72 PAGES 



GRIFTERS 

Televise "Stills" Into N. Y. Theatre; 
RCA Uses Vaudfilm Theatre's Screen 




Actual television in a theatre has 
been accomplished by RCA, Proc- 
tor's 58th Street screen received 
televised "still" views of Radio's 
Gramercy Park studio at a private 
ehowing recently. 

While Radio has been constantly 
*xperlmentingr with television in its 
Fifth Ave. headquarters, this is the 
first time the " scientists have seen 
fit to try the system In a regnlar 
house. 

Reception, it is reported, was good 
but, according to frank Radio ex- 
ecutives, clearly indicated that the 
air pictures are yet unsuited for the 
market. The 58th Street showing 
did not use the entire screen. 

Radio's television lieads still de- 
clare that the new amusement de- 
vice will not be ready for the public 
until early in 1932. 

Cabled sending of photos is a 
fact of long standing, but television, 
or the broadcasting of animated 
gyrations of the human race or the 
animal kingdom, Is a long way from 
practicable usage. American engi- 
neers Interviewed on the subject 
fitave off satisfactory commercial 
possibility of television for at least 
two years which they consider is 
being liberally enthusiastic in pro- 
phetic acumen. From a conserva- 
tive technical angle the inception of 
the home era In television reception 
is set off from five to 10 years. 

Samples of receiving sets are on 
display by two television companies 
broadcasting demonstrations locally, 
but they are only samples of actual 
reception accomplished from Indoor 
television broadcasting. These sets, 
Announced as built for home use, 
are declared by their makers to be 
ready for sale for a sum In the 
neighborhood of |300. 

Daily Abroad 

; Makers of one type set claim that 
Its prototypes are now being sold 
abroad where dally television broad- 
casts are now a fact. Once each 
day in England and Germany. Pre- 
senting tills fact to American ex- 
perts who should know has brought 
the response that such broadcast- 
ing is only of the experimental stage. 
And in experimenting inventors are 
permitted to do almost anything. 
Practicable commercial marketing 
of television broadcasting Is still a 
mystery to unreel. 

In the broadcasting of films tele- 
vision 'is faced with a veritable im- 
passe on the basis of its progress 
to date. In broadcasting of individ- 
uals the object televised is prac- 
tically described as being stationary 
with action limited as to direction. 
But in film broadcasting the subject 
televised is moving in every possible 
direction both from the projection 
angle and the- actually filmed action 
on the celluloid. This is an obstacle 
that television has as yet by no 
means encompassed. 

Another obstacle, and an important 
one, i.s the limitation of the air 
room. Television require.'' broader 
air ))and.s than radio stations for 
broadcasting. While radio stations 
broadcast over what might be con- 
strued as a straight line o£ prac- 

■'•"ly no widUi, television demands 
(Continued on page 65) 



Craven! 



Carl Itagenbeck, the founder 
of the present family of ani- 
mal dealers, once' had a row 
with the Missus in the kitchen 
of their home in Germany, 
which was'^adjacent to the zoo. 

Things waxed too hot for ' 
Carl, so he took it on the lam, 
with the Missus hot on his 
heels. He sought refuge in a 
cage of 65 Hons. Mrs. Hagen- 
beck stood outside brandishing 
a rolling pin and shouting: 

"Come out of there, you 
coward!" 



MUSIC MEN FLOORED 
BY FILM SUPERLATIVES 



Since rubbing shoulders with the 
picture mob, particularly the studio 
press agents, song pluggers and 
music publishers along Broadway 
have decided that their method of 
exploitation is blushing n-.odesty by 
comparison with their Hollywood 
brethren. 

"There's no such thing in pic- 
tures as just 'good'," one prominent 
music executive explains. "Our 
strongest adjective " in the niusic 
business is 'sensational.' These 
picture, guys start with that and 
work up. They have hundreds of 
synonyms and not one of them Is 
below the strength of dynamite." 

Music men,, accustomed for years 
to~havIng their own enthusiasm dis- 
counted, as they themselves dis- 
counted the blurbs of rival pub- 
lishers, have been a little upset at 
the wild eulogies indulged in by the 
film concerns with which they are 
afDllated. After throwing restraint 
away and piling on their strongest 
adjectives, music men l;ave been 
onlmly Informed by the t.lm pub- 
licists that they are too restrained 
in their descriptions. 

Another revelation for the music 
men Is the private previews in pro- 
jection rooms. They see 20 or more 
exi.>cutive.s of the film company go- 
ing into hysterics at comedy that 
impresses the music men as blah. 
Tn!s' high pressure "selling your- 
self" technlo.ue, common 1r picture 
companies, is a little ha'*d for the 
music men to grasp, and few have 
ever compared a music firm to a 
shrinking viojet. 



Chi. Hospital Wants Own 
Station £or Fee Bulletins 

Washington, D. C, March 4. 
Henrotin hospital in Chicago has 
filed application with the radio 
commission for it.s own broadcast 
station. It plans to send Out hourly 
messages concerning condition of 
patients. 

Service is to .co.st $2 extra weekly, 
for sending of hourly reports 
throughout the day and night, 





BY RIICK[TE[IIS 



Shady Gambling Gives Eng^- 
lish Bobbies More Worry 
Than Any Previous Nite 
Life — Private Houses in 
Stylish West End Con- 
verted Into Racket Joints 



NEW YORK'S DUPLICATE 



London, March 4. 

London night h'fe is drifting to 
grifting and shady gambling games. 
They are causing the police more 
trouble than the illegal sale of 
liquor ever d!ci. 

Private houses in Mayfalr and 
other fashionable West End loca- 
tions are being leased by dubious 
members of the nobility, who really 
are in the pay of international 
racketeers. 

Fstablishments have their tout^ 
posted in all the rendez-vous of 
high life, including the West End 
night clubs and the class hotels', 
and it is the business of such run- 
ners to steer half tipsy people .to 
the gaming tables. 

Places are converted Into minia- 
tures of the Cohtlnental casinos, 
with baccarat anS roulette the favor- 
ite pastime. Croupiers and the other 
functionaries of the gambling casino 
are smuggled in from Monte Carlo, 
Beauville and Cannes, glad of the 
berths" because the season has been 
so lean in the Riviera resorts. 

Still the illicit sale of liquor goes 
on. Latest to become Involved In 
trouble from this source is the old 
Vaudeville, club just disqualified for 
six months for selling without a 
license and after hours. The pro- 
prietors, David Carter and Samuel 
Joseph, were fined 50 and 25 pounds 
respectively. 

Like Times Square 

London's present cheating and 
conniving nite life appears to be 
a duplication of what existed In 
New York before the publicity at- 
tending the killing of Arnold Roth- 
steln cooled ihe gambling spirit of 
Times Square. English police 
seems aware of this to an extent. 
They do not altogether blame the 
present situation upon the Con- 
tinental gamblers or the racketeers 
of southern France. 

London has been the fir.s,t metro- 
politan city to detect the alien 
threat in the underworld. To elim- 
inate the ongrowing power of the 
aliens in the nite life here, as it 
exists in all big capitals, especially 
New York and Chicago, the London 
cops .Horiietlme ago started to drive' 
the aliens in nite life power out 
of the country. Some of the big- 
gc.'^t shots for years over here of 
the semi-cultured underworld were 
told to get out or be deported. 

The deportation Intimation may 
be slipped to the new gangs around, 
when the London force secures all 
of the details of the present layouts 
and lineups. 



LONDON 



Major Gangsters Protect Show People; 
^ht-Seeing Busses to Murder Spots 



One Solution 



Chicago, March 4. 

Prominent carnival owner 
has announced his Intention 
of selling his own rum to his 
6^vn help this seAaon. Claims 
for three years he has fought 
the liquor question with little 
success.- Says he realizes that 
nearly everybody uses It and, 
therefore, will sell It to- them 
either on time or cash. 

Any liquor bought from 
outsiders during the season 
will be cause' for dismissal. 
Plan Is simply to make drink- 
ing a family affair, and only 
after . working hours. 



MINNEAPOLIS RINGS IN 
ON ANTI-CHAIN WAVE 



MInnieapolls, March 4. 
Minneapolis is feeling what seems 
to be growing agitation against 
commercial chains of all Idnds. 

Operators of an Independent chain 
of uptown theatres are trying to 
capitalize the propaganda by dis- 
playing huge signs in front of their 
houses stating they are "owned and 
operated' by Minneapolis men.'' 



Broadcasting Hardi Gras 



New Orleans, March 4, 
NBC is broadcasting the MardI 
Gras festivities for the first time 
this year. Annual event opened 
yesterday (Monday). 

An odd feature of opening day 
came In the parade which saw the 
boys from the U. S. S. "Texas" 
marching with the German sailors 
from the battle.shlp "Emdcn." 



Take-a-Chance Concert 
At $2 Scale Gets Over 

Minneapolis, March 4. 
Mra, Carlyle Scott, local Impres- 
ario, staged a "take-a-ehance" con- 
cert at a $2 scale at the University 
of Minnesota Auditorium last week, 
It was, of cour.sc, the picture house 
gag, customers paying without 
knowing who or what they were go- 
ing to hear or see. 

Capacity and the attraction wag 
the St. Olaf Choir. , 



"Frankie and Johnnie" 

Hollywood, March 4'. 

Pathe Is going to make "FranUic- 
and Johnnie" as a feature. Tom 
I-Suckingham and Fay GarneK, urc 
making the adaptation from thf? 
well known lyric of tlie same, nairif. 
They will tone down the dialog. 

Garnclt will also direct. 



Chicago, March \, 

The big gangsters, particularly Al 
Capone's mob, are sore at the petty 
racketeevs who have been trying to 
chisel actors and actresses, and 
have ordered them to lay off. 
• The word went out following 
newspaper publication of a story 
that Eddie Cantor had been rtrong- 
armod into appearing at Ralph Ca- 
pone's Cotton Club. Ralph is a 
brother of Al. 

Capone denied the story through 
his cabaret press agent, "Rasputin," 
and informed Cantor that If he or 
any other performer were molested 
by petty racketeers they had but to 
let Rasputin know, and the "boys" 
would do the rest, ' 

Cantor, angered by the story. Is- 
sued a denial and confirmed Ca- 
pone's statement. 

Although Equity Is making an 
investigation of extortion letters 
and threats, something that did not 
get under way until Franclne Lar- 
rlmore, appearing here In "Let Us 
Be Gay," was asked to hand over 
$1,000, there will probably be no' 
arrests. Capone's - order means 
more than an Investigation. 

As stated in Variety, actors arc 
much to blame for the petty chisel- 
ing which occurred. It began around 
Christmas' time with request for 
"benefit" contributions, and the per- 
formers, instead of standing pat, got 
timid and kicked In. Some paid 
$50; some $100. When the penny- 
snatchcrs discovered actors were 
as soft as that an epidemic of 
threats swept the dressing roomti, 
and naturally grew bolder; hence the 
demand for $1,000 from Mle.v Larrl- 
mo-f- 

Chicago's gangland Is' to be made 
Into a world show. Sight-seeing 
busses, visiting all killing spots and 
a "Gangland" cafe will be features. 
Promotors are a group of Chi busi- 
ness men. They expect to make 
the spec a greater draw than was 
Chinatown or the Barbary Coast, 
, Folks all over America, and 
especially In the west. It Is re- 
ported, want to .see the wickedest 
<lty this summer. Two western 
railroads have agreed to participate 
in coat of billing which will feature 
a visit where the shooting spots can 
be seen without being shot at. City 
officials have given the okay to 
the plan and 10 busses to carry 28 
people and a lecturer are on their 
way. 

AUTHOK'S PLAY OH FATHER 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Leo McCaroy is enroute to New 
York to arrange for the sale of his 
new play, "The Count of Ten." 

Story i.q based on the life of his 
fathor, who was a well known figlit 
promoter 20 years ago. 



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Americanized Jazz Musical 

Does WeD in Paris Premiere 



Paris, March 4. 

Following the - Rip revue at the 
Folles Wagram, which ran six 
months, "Rosy," milslcal comedy in 
two acts and six scenes, bids fair to 
prosper. • Book is by Andre Barde, 
score by Moretti. Latter is the Im- 
portant detail, catchy music in the 
Americanized jazz style is catchy 
and contributes much to attraction's 
prospects. 

Only other recent newcomer Is 
"Fleur de Luxe," farce comedy by 
Gerbidon and Armont, which did but 
fairly at the Daunou theatre. 
Musical's Plot 

"Rosy" tells the story of an elderly 
marquis courting a vaudeville sing- 
er named Rosy. He proposes mar- 
iriage, but insists that as a prelim- 
inary they shall travel together, 
relations being entirely platon'Ic. So 
they go around the world accom- 
panied by a chaperone while Rosy 
acquires a fashionable education. 

Complications come while they 
. are in Egypt where Rosy meets a 
timid youth who falls in love with 
her in spite of his rich' English 
fiancee. At the same time the Mar- 
quis courts his secretary and she, 
. to make it good and intricate pre- 
fers a gigolo. All hands go to the 
Italian lakes where they pair off In 
engagements, partners being se- 
lected unexpectedly. 

First act takes place back stage 
Introducing the actress-sweetheart's 
environment. Piece Is nicely pro- 
duced, but the first act needs speed- 
ing. In the cast are Henri Julllen, 
Drean, Adrien Lamy, R. Darthez, 
Edmond Roze, Camus, Mmes. Mar- 
guerite Deval, MirelUe Perrey, De- 
vilder and Sim Viva. Mme. Perrey 
does particularly well as Rosy. 
* "Fleup de Luxe" 

"Fleur de Lux" ("Luxury Flower") 
which made no vivid impression has 
to do with a ruined society woman 
who conducts an agency which en- 
gages to bring together Impecuni- 
ous maiTied women with rich men 
who will supply them with luxuries 
and still maintain entirely platonlc 
relations. 

In the handling of this pictures- 
que business Jenie, the heroine, be- 
comes the society guide for a 
wealthy business couple, until 
Janie's husband becomes suspicious 
and takes a position as secretary to 
the wife of the couple. Whereupon 
there starts a maze of intrigue, end- 
ing when the husband marries the 
wealthy woman and Jenie weds the 
rich husband. 

In the cast are Roger Gaillard, 
Luclen Baroux, Naury, Jane Renou 
ardt, Marcelle Pralnce, Janlne Lle- 
zer and Betty Daussmond. 



CLAYTON'S B'WAY PIECE 



Not "Frenchman," but Another for 
London Palace 



Herbert Clayton Is arriving In 
London from New York, but with- 
out .bringing home the rights to 
"Fifty Million Frenchmen" which 
he was supposed to be after. 

He has another Broadway piece 
Instead to serve for Bobby Howes' 
as star. It goes on at the Palace, 
disposing of the story that Lee 
Ephralm would become lessee of 
that house on the expiration of the 
Clayton & Waller tenancy there ai 
the end of April. Story, was Eph- 
ralm would put on "Heads Up," for 
which he had engaged Sydney 
Howard and for which e was ne- 
gotiating with Louise Brown. 



Immigration Jam 



Washington, March 4. 
Plenty of agitation here on 
the move of Immigration offi- 
cials to enforce the registra- 
tion of all aliens, thousands of 
whom are In this country il- 
legally. 

Since March 4, 1929, the Im- 
migration bureau has been 
making an extensive drive 
under the Act of that date 
with this campaign reaching 
for those in pictures, both 
high and low. 

Under the March 4 Act any 
alien -here Illegally, either by 
entry or overstaying a regular 
permit, when caught, auto- 
matic deportation follows with 
a further . stipulation that , 
under no conditions can they _ 
again enter the U. S. 

With such deportations sev- 
eral prominent picture players 
and directors have come for- 
ward voluntarily and laid their 
cases before the Immigration 
officials with result that ad- 
justments have been made. 
Some have been forced to re- 
turn to th^Ir native countries 
and re-enter while others, be- 
cause of circumstances in- 
volved, have been permitted to 
remain. In some Instances 
husbands have been here leg- 
ally but have sent their fami- 
lies back to come In regularly 
so as to have a like status 
and have a chance for perma- 
nent stay as citizens. 

Immigration oflBcIals have 
adopted the policy of giving a 
chance to those voluntarily re- 
. porting to the bureau. 



Authors' Revolt Marks 
French Radio Hope 

Paris, March 4. 
Tristan Bernard, eminent French 
author and dramatist, has an- 
nounced he will write no more play- 
lets for radio broadcasting, giving 
^olce to a revolt which Is believed 
to forecast a betterment in French 
air programs. 
Radio is sadly deficient here and 

the Compagnie de Radiophone com- 
missioned Bernard to supply it with 
special one-act play^a following an 
attack upon its policies by French 
dramatists who charged radio 
broadcasts distorted literary works 
and damaged literary works and 
authors by Its methods. The au- 
thors demanded that the broadcast- 
ing company make some effort to 
get literary material especially pre- 
pared for ether use. 

Like the talking pictures and 
theme songs, radio seems to be go- 
ing through a process of gradual 
development now being In about the 
state of efficiency represented by 
other entertainment departments 
five yeai's ago, suggesting that 
broadcasting in France is about five 
years behind the times. 



Vic Quits Vaude, Twice 
Nightly Revues Instead 

London, March 4. 

The Victoria Palace has dolinltely 
abandoned vaudeville as a policy 
and instead will play twice nightly 
touring revues. 

This policy, which is an experi- 
ment, continues until April 7 when 
Tommy Arnold, In conjunction with 
the . Moss .. Empires presents the 
•'Folies Berg'ere" from Paris which 
will go in for a run. 



tVo cannot always ulioooc 
our rood in life, but xvc 
cnn choome whether wo 
walk along the nhaily or 
the NUiiny gldo of It. 



MK. AND MRS. JACK NORWOBTIl 
130 Went 44th Street 
New York 



Gigli's $3,000 

Paris, March 4. 

One of the highest priced appear* 
ancbs here will be that of Benla- 
mlno Glgli, Metropolitan Opera 
tenof, when he sings at the Paris 
Opera for $3,000 May 21. He will 
give two concerts at Covent Gar- 
den, London, May 23 and 24, and 
then returns to America. 

Richard Copley is arranging a 
tour of 20 concerts over here for 
Glgli next year through Robert 
Morinl, offering him a $60,000 guar- 
antee for the tour. 



SAILINGS 

March 28 (New York to Paris), 
Ward Moorchouse (He de France). 

March 6 (Purls -to New York) 
John Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Adolphe 
Menjou (Majestic). 

March 6 (Cherbourg to New 
York), Jack Curtis (Bremen), 

March 6 (Paris to New York) 
Larry Fletcher, Ruth Conloy, Joan 
Kenyon, Wright Kramer, Rose 
Burdlck ( Uochanibeau). 

Fob. 28 (Capetown to London) 
Foiir lU'nnos, Hamar and Jeanne 
(Armadale Castle). 




(CHIC) (ROSE) 

YORK and KING 

Originators of "Tin-Type" comedy. 
Week March 10, Palladium, London 
Represented by JENIE JACOBS. 



FRENCH BURN OVER 
BRITISH PLUG ON EGYPT 



Paris, March 4. 
French, editors are all steamed up 
over what they, call the propaganda 
in British journals in favor of Egypt 
as a winter playgi'ound. 

In France it is regarded as a slam 
upon the French Riviera, and they 
resent editorial statements that the 
season is bad In Monte Carlo, 
Cannes and DeauviUe. Fact is the 
southern resorts are shot this year, 
but that doesn't sooth the French 
temper. 

It's all like Asbury Park getting 
sore at Long Branch. 



TELEPATHY FREAK 



Europe Gapes at Dame With Heart 
Beats at 140 a Minute 



Paris, March 4. 
Jack Vincent, treasurer of the 
Hurok attractions. Is offering a 
freak radio telepathy act to the 
American bookers. 

Turn called "Fakara" has a good 
"professor" named Arris doing the 
spiel and the affair has attracted a 
good deal of attention in western 
Europe. 



Antwerp, March 4, . 
Arris and Fakara gave a start- 
ling performance bere, with the 
woman on the stage giving answers 
without apparent cueing. One angle 
is fact that "subject" can Increase 
her heartbeats to a count of 140 a 
minute. Freak has been examined 
by Belgian savants, who confess 
they do not know the answer. 
Woman works blindfolded. 



Prague Hails Spirituals 

Prague, March 4. 

The first American students' Ne- 
gro choir, the Utica Jubilee singers 
from Mississippi, unmistakably 
clicked here. 

It was the first time the capital 
had heard the real thing in Negro 
spirituals by a choir, although the 
music patrons are familiar with the 
work of Roland Hayes and Paul 
Robeson. 

The Utica group Is en route to 
Vienna. 



Paris, March .4. 

Hampton (Va.) Institute Colored 
Choir of 40, directed by Dr. Nathan- 
iel Dett, will make a six weeks' Eu- 
ropean tour opening May 4 at Al- 
bert Hall, London. Expense of 
bringing over the 20 men and 20 
women is reckoned at $32,000 by 
Robert Morinl,' Paris correspondent 
of Richard Copley, who made tho 
arrangements. 

Choir will perform in Brussels, 
Antwerp, Amsterdam, The Hague, 
return to London and then Paris, 
followed by three weeks In Ger- 
many. 

Arrang<>ments in London provide 
for 60% of the gross with a $1,260 
nightly minimum guarantee; in 
Paris, 90% of the net with $1,000 
minimum guarantee (pvt up' by. the 
Valmalete concert agency). In Ber- 
lin the company will take part in 
the May Festivals at $1,440 per 
show 



Werfel in Egypt 

Cairo, March 4, 
Among the recent arrivals here is 

Franz Werfel, Viennese playwright. 
George Calomaris Is back after 

a business trip to Athens. 



DORA MAUGHAN UNIT 



Doubles from Cafe Anglais with 
Sub for Provinces 



London, March 4. 

Dora Maughan lfl_ framing • a 
vaudeville unit comprising herself 
as star, Walter Feho and Murray 
Leslie, Charley Manny and Lillian 
Clay and four English acts. 

She will double with the unit from 
the Cafe Anglais where she is en- 
gaged for three months. Wlien the 
unit takes to tlie provinces her part 
will be taken by Hilda Glydev.- 



TWO OPINIONS OVER 
MAYO'S BAND IN ROME 



Paris, March 4.i 
Henry Carson, agent for Ed^ie 
Mayo's Harmonica Vagabonds, re- 
ceived two telegrams. ' 

One from the management of the 
Salon© de Margarita, Rome, whete 
the turn Is playing, reads: "My 
worst act on the opening is Eddie 
Mayo." 

Carson's second wire comes frorn 
Mayo himself and says: "Don't be- 
lieve the manager. Opening was 
sensational. All newspapers here 
say I am saving the bill." 

Mayo is booked for the Ufa the- 
atre, Berlin, Hamburg Savoy and 
London. 



Intimate Theatre No 

Name for This Show 

Brussels, March 4. 

Probably the last word in "in- 
timate theatre" performances was 
played by the French company do- 
ing "The Trial of Mary Dugan." 
The troupe at the Theatre des Gal- 
leries here was sent on a hasty 
booking to Vervlers, near the Ger- 
man frontier, for a single per- 
formance and raised the curtain to 
an audience playing cards in the 
boxes and the rest of the crowd in 
the auditorium engaged in conversa- 
tion. 

Troupe missed train connections 
at Liege and went on by omnibus, 
reaching the house in time for a 
10 o'clock curtain to greet an audi- 
ence that had been held in by the 
management's passing around cards 
and advising the' crowd to make 
Itself comfortable until the company 
reached the town. 

The show was finished at 1 a., m., 
with the audience all steamed up 
with enthusiasm. Piece had been 
done In Brussels before, but in 
Flemish with a native troupe. The 
French cast did quite as well. 



Revue's Sound Film 

London, March 4. 
First effort over here to blend 
talkers with a stage revue has been 
made by Charles B. Cochran. New 
show, due at the Pavilion this 
month,, will open with a film Intro- 
ducing all cast leads. 
. Film was shot on Klangfilm appa- 
ratus at British Instructional stu- 
dios, Welwyn, Walter Creighton 
producing. 



CURTIS BOUND HOME 

Paris, March 4. ■ 

Jack Curtis, who has been in Eu- 
rope for a rest cure, has'been sum- 
moned home, "on urgent business," 
sailing on the Bremen, which de- 
parts Thursday. 

Mrs. Curtis, the former Mabel 
Ford, remains here with their baby, 
with Curtis scheduled to return in 
April to complete the ciire at one 
of the. health resorts. 



PUPPET SHOW SAVED 

Antwerp, March 4. 
Poesje theatre, the only marion- 
ette theatre in Belgium, was saved 
from destruction by fire after a 
struggle. 

House Is tucked in a narrow 
street, so narrow. Indeed, the fire 
engines could not get to it and they 
had to stretch hose lines for 1,000 
feet to the nearest water supply. 



' Egypt -Gets English. .Troupe. .. 

Cairo, March 4. 

The English Players opened yes- 
terday (Monday) at the Alhambra, 
Alexandria. In the ca.st are Edward 
Stirling and Frank Reybold.s. 
Troupe is under the Thomas Shafto 
management. 

Another local engagement is that 
of the Three Inseparables at tho 
Hotel_ Continental. Turn working 
with the Lotus band. 



DANES GIGGLE 
AS SWAFFER 
SaUAWKS 



Copenhagen, March 4. 
Hannen Swaffer came here a few 
days ago as guest critic of a local 
newspaper to write a review of 
"Joui-ney's End" In a Danish ver- 
sion .at the Theatre Royal. The 
premiere was delayed by the illness 
of one of the principals, so Swaffer 
made a lightning tour of the capi- 
tal's show sh'ops and gave It as'.'hls 
mature opinion that Shakespeare 
was dead right about something be- 
ing sour in Denmark. 

It Is the Danish theatre, Swaffer 
concluded. What Swaf said on this 
subject put the local impresarios in 
a temper and Lillian Foster who 
biffed Swaf in the London Savoy 
would b6 sure, of a great welcome 
here. The London critic got a load 
of angry letters as a result of 'his 
comments on Danish theatre art. 
He was particularly caustic over 
the Danish actors' makeup and 
what he referred to as the counti-y's 
outmoded scenery. 

He seized the occasion to attack 
American popular plays which are 
flooding Europe, admitting he had 
been thrown out of eight London 
theatres for slamming English pro- 
ducers for preference for American 
product. 

"When I attack America," said 
Swaffer, "It's not because I'm antl-i 
American for really I'm a good pi-o- 
American, but I oppose American- 
izing Europe. We get America in 
radio,, films and newspapers. 

"What Is America but a cosmo- 
politan community which can buy 
anything and everything? There 
doesn't exist an American art, it is 
European, either bought or stolen 
from Europe. If Europe possesses 
an author or an artist of talent, 
they simply buy him. 

"England can make as good talk- 
ing pictures as America, but in- 
stead of producing, the British form 
limited liability companies one after 
another and gamble in their shares. 

Natives got one grand giggle out 
of Swaffer's remarkable discovery 
that Hamlet's supposed grave at 
Elsinore is a phoney, because every- 
body here knew It years ago. 

The grave is Denmark's great 
tourist sight seeing goal anl it real- 
ly holds nothing but a dead cat that 
a shrewd hotel keeper planted her© 
30 years ago. 



GALLI CURCI BUST 



Budapest Protests Poor Voice at 
High Price Concert 



Budapest, March 4. 
Gain Curd's, concert here a few 
nights ago was a complete bust, au- 
dience making an indignant dem.on- 
stratlon after paying the highest 
scale for tickets on local, i-ecord. 

Musical authorities said the diva 
should never have appeared with 
her voice so completely off form. • 

To complicate the fizzle, her ac- 
companist, Enzo Dimuro, was com- 
pelled to withdraw after the first 
part of the program, too unnerved 
by the excitement to continue. 



Previous concerts of the famous 
coloratura have aroused comment. 
In Prague critics spoke of her be- 
ing In poor voice and the Bucharest 
concert was postponed because of 
"weather and the singer's fatigue 
from travel." Singer's Hungarian 
appearances called for $12,000 for 
three performances, an unheard-'of 
figure. 



Chilton-Thomas Date 

London, March 4. 
After a Continental taur Chilton 
and Thomas appeared yesterday at 
the Palladium on a return, doubling 
from the Savoy Hotel. 

Pair have three return dates 
scheduled for the Palladium. 



'AmericcfTf Trtoupe Home- Bound 
Paris, Marcli 4. 

Paris American group of players 
ending their season here fifjured in 
a gay party last night on the eve 
of . their departure for Now York 
tomox'row (Wed.) on the Roclia'm- 
beau for home. 

Coterie Inchides Larry KlotHiPr, 
Ruth Conley, Joan Kenyon, AVil.i;lit 
Kramer and Rose Burdick. 

Their season closed latp lo.'^t wffk. 



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FOREIGN SHOW NEWS 



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Dir. Cinders ' $15,000, Near 
End of Run-U. S. as Profit; 
"Bitter Sweef Above 





liOndon, March 4. 

Most interesting box office data 
In London Is fact that "Mr, Cin- 
ders," which now has gone below 
<1B,000, has been running success- 
fully for 14 months and Wllllamson- 
Talt, producers, are not yet In the 
clear. Due to heavy initial outlay, 
which amounted to about $180,000, 
'including $50,000 down to Julian 
■\yyUe besides royalty. Piece is in 
its last month. Producer probably 
will finish with a profit and . Is 
counting for profit on American 
rights an*d thie provincial rights here 
with talking picture rights also to 
be considered. 

London Grosses 

Adelphi— "House that Jack Built," 
$16,000. Show doing eight perform- 
ances with the Monday matinee 
out. 

Aldwych— "A Night Like This," 
practically capacity means around 
$20,000. Library de^l is in opera- 
tion, which means about $5,000. Deal 
, runs for 11 weeks. 

Ambassadors— "The Man.- in Pos- 
session," lair show, about $4,000 a 
week. 

Apollo. — "Nine Till Six. Never did. 
click and is coming, off shortly. 

Criterion — "Milestones." Steady 
bubine.ss but small; figured at 
$3,500. House is negotiating for a 
new attraction to come in during 
April. 

Dominion— "Silver Wings." The 
biggest thing in London. Doing 
$2C;000 at $2, but prediction Is that 
piece is bound to exhaust its cli- 
entele before long. 

Duke of York's— "Jew Suss." Still 
■keeping its head above water after 
'.■Us terrifically big start. At th\s 
stage of the game It must either get 
its second breath or end soon, 
•ii Fortune, — "The Last Enemy." 
Running around $3,500 and will last 
about another month. 

Society — "Darling, I Love Tou." 
Steady around $3,000. Mostly Aveek. 
end trade. Piece has only one im- 
portant salary in the cast and gross 
represents a profit. 

Globe — "Charles and Mary." 
Brought here from the Everyman, 
theatre, suburban house. Is merely 
a stop-gap and Is doing little. 

Haymarket — "First Mrs, Fraser." 
Steady around $15,000. 

Hippodrome — "Mr. Cinders." Pay- 
ing' expenses in its. 14th month and 
now below $15,000. 

His Majesty's— "Bitter Sweet." 
Steadily jover $20,000, which repre- 
sents capacity. 

Kingsway — "School for Sceftidal." 
Means notliing. Is closing this 
_ Week. 

Little Theatre — "Frankenstein" 
$3,500, which is about two-thirds 
capacity. 

Lyceum— "Puss in Boots." Panto- 
mime, finishing this week after prof- 
itable run considering type of at- 
traction. 

Lyric — "Murder On the Second 
Floor." Revival used as a stop gap, 
but with business improving and 
now around $7,000. Piece has been 
set for an additional six weeks. , 
New Theatre — "Healthy, Wealthy 

■ and Wise." Opened March 1. Play 
by a couple of Americans, newcom- 
ers in the writing craft, and docjs 

' not look so robust. i 
: P.alace— "Dear Love." Finishing 
•this week after one of Clayton & 
Waller's shortest runs. Negotiations 

.^are on for a successor to be useiJ 

I as, a stop gap, pending Clayton & 
Waller's new show. "There is talk 
right now of reviving "No, No, Na- 
nette," for the Interval only. 

Piccadilly — "Here Comes the 
Bride." Up around $15,000 and a li- 
brary doal on, testifying to popu- 
larity of the piece. 

Playhouse — "Devonshire Cream," 
another Eden Philpotts pliiy and a 
flop. 

• ' Prince of Wales — "Journey's End" 
titill sImiws a profit due to its lov^ 
operatinj; cf>st. l)ul . nowlUTC nocir 
C'lpacity. j 

Prince's— "A Warm Crtrnor." Still 
Very good nround $14,000. 

Queen's— "The Apple Cart" still 
holding' up liand.«omely, tcstiryin!? to 
tlie lioia of Shaw upon the public. 

St. James— "Michael and Mary," 
A. A. Milne's sentimental romance^ 
set as a .«.-ufcpas and turning in $10,'> 
000 a week rl.trht along. 

St. IVIartin's— "Ilonor.q Easy." Kk- 
oi'lleni niiticpK, future dniilitriil, 



ORIENT ANTI-JAZZ? 



Egypt Starts Movement for Pres- 
ervation of Oriental Music 

Cairo, March .4. 

Egyptian government is studying 
the organization of a musical con- 
gress in Cairo for the promotion of 
Oriental music and has engaged 
Prof, Kutz Zachs through the Min- 
istry of Education at a salary of 
£800 a year to study means of 
etlnfiulatlng native harn\onles. 

It happens that this action is 
taken just as Nellie Melba, opera 
diva, departs from a vacation here, 
headed for Europe. 



MISTINGUEHE CHECKED 
LIFTING DISK SONGS 

Paris, March i.' 

Metro objected to Mlstinguette 
using its "Broadway Melody" theme 
songs in her revue ' "Paris Miss/' 
but didn't go to the extent of pull- 
ing the copyright material out of 
the show as they originally threat- 
ened to do. 

But. when Mistinguette recorded 
the numbers for Pathe discs, using 
a free lyrical version, the company 
.as copyright owner went to bat and 
compelled the talking machine peo- 
ple to recall all the records. 

Metro proceeded on the basis that 
Mlstlnguette's heavy voice did the 
nuniibers no good. Metro demanded 
that Odepn (Pathe subsidiary, for 
whom Mfstlnguette does her re- 
cording) pull back all supplies in 
dealers' hands and the company it 
is expected, will stop all sales. 

Copying popular songs and fash- 
ioning new lyrics, for them which 
has been a custom here, has always 
an'gere'd the publishers. 



For Music Confab 

Paris, March 4. . 

John Abbott, Francis, Day & 
Hunter's London manager, sails on 
the Majestic Thursday (March 6) 
for a semi-annual conference with 
the American music publishers with 
which his fir.m has affiliations. 

Objective is parleys with Feist 
and Radio Music Corp., already 
allied in the Statesi Carl Fisher, 
also comprised in the conferencis,. 
has no European representation. It 
is probable that the Fisher interest 
will be included in the Francis, Day 
& Hunter outlook, since that con- 
cern already is allied with Feist and 
Radio. 



Reinhardt in Paris 

Paris, March 4. 

Max Reinhardt, eminent Berlin 
producer, will do a series of pro- 
ductions in Paris next season, prob- 
ably starting with the Oscar Strauss 
operetta, "Die Fledermaus." ^ 

Theatre for the venture is now 
being arranged by Shapiro, Reln- 
hardt's representative here, who has 
just closed for the Berlin rights of 
Edouard Bourdet's current comedy 
hIt,-"Le Sexe Faible" ("The W^caker 
Sex"). 



Jane Sels Cabaret 

London, March 4. 
■ Jane Sels, American dancer, open- 
ed at the .Acfe do Paris here last 
week, scoring nicely. 



house having no special draw and 
no library deal made. 

Shaftsbury— "Middle Watch" con- 
tinuing nicely around $10,000.. 

Vaudeville — "French Leave" los- 
ing money. New piece, "Enchant- 
ment."- is flucv.noxt week, 

Wyndham's— "The Calendar" fin- 
Ishlnj? afier a vra-y suec-essful run, 
sturtiv.}; way back in September. 
Pio6o wa.H kc'i)t on mitll Edjrar Wal- 
lace's new .ei-oolv pl.uy was ready. 
They iiuslsled on iKuing Cliarles 
Laushton In the cast and piece 
eonUln't open until lie finished with 
"Freneli Le.'ive." 

Savoy — Gilbei-t and Sullivan .sea- 
son least fcuecessful in many years. 
Opened )7lg, but tapered olT, 

Lent starts tomorrow (Wed.) and 
falling off Is'iinllcipaled a.< a matter 
of enur.'<e. 




WILL MAHONEY 

In Earl Carroll's "Sketch Book," 
44th St Theatre, N. T. City 

The Brooklyn Times said: "Chief 
among the funmakers of 'Sketch 
Book' is that hilarious clown, Will 
Mahoney, who was a delight to the 
opening night audience." 

Direction 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 Broadway 



DRURY LANE DARK 



Gap Between "Musketeers" and 
Closing of Panto ' 

London, March 4. 

"The Sleepy Beauty and the 
Beast" pantomime at the Drory 
Lane ended March 1 and the boose 
went dark owing to fact the > new 
production of "The. Three Mus- 
keteers" was not ready. 

Cast was not completed on time 
and there was delay also in finish- 
ing the new book by P. G. Wode- 
house, with Gene Gerrard, the" co- 
median, building his own part, 
which had not been delivered. 

Others in the cast are Arthur 
Wontner and Rita Page, besides an 
American girl being imported for 
the role played in the -American 
cast by Harriet Hoctor. 



Frank Latona ■■ Dies 

London, March 4. 
■ Frank Latona, American player 
who had played in Europe for 20 
years, died here Feb. 27. 

He was 73 years old, and had re- 
tired from the stage in 1910, with 
his wife, Jen Latona, continuing in 
the Halls as a' single turn. 

TBAINED AUTMAT. BILL UP 

• Capetown,' March 4. 

The Society for Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals hSLS drafted a 
bill which it will seek to have in- 
troduced Into the South African 
Pstrllament. 

It regulates performances and 
training of exhibition animals on 
the stage, "in circuses and. else- 
where. 



Dusting the Attic 

In Variety's files of New . 
Acts are numerous reports of 
people who have since become 
well known In show business, 
or away from It. Another In 
the series of reprints: 



WINCHEL and GREEN 
"Spooney vi lie" (Skit) 
12 Mins.; Two 
American Roof, N. Y. 

(March 8, 1918) 

In forming a likeable act for 
the No. 2 position, Walter Wln- 
chell and Rita Green have 
made a promising start. • Theirs 
is a sort of bench turn, but it 
has dialog, songs and dance. 

For an opening the girl Is 
perched on a bit of brick wall, 
and there Is a duet, the lyric 
of which Is rather bright. They 
wander to a bench for a 
spooney bit, followed by an- 
other song. But here, while 
the lyric contains the names 
of famous men, it is not well 
written. While Miss Green Is 
making a costume change 
Winch ell handles a war song, 
and he gives way for the girl's 
eccentric solo dance. There is 
another duet for the close, and 
some stepping takes them off. 
The first two numbers appear- 
ed to have been specially writ- 
ten, and were helped by the 
naive manner of Miss Green. 

The turn isn't one to bring 
forth any volunne of applause, 
but it's pleasant. 



Mr. W'lnchelj.^slnce 1918 has 
progressed, from^ fair No. 2 
act to a well known Broadway 
columnist. His early habit of 
ringing In the names of famous 
people Is still apparent. 



FRENCH FUND BENEFT 
MAKES $25,000, PROFIT 



Paris, March 4. 
The Union des Artists' midnight 
gala Saturday turned In a net profit 
of $25,000 with a scale of $14 top 
which crowded the Cirque d'Hlver. 
Net figure includes money realized 
from auctioning the boxes by Sacha 
Guitry and Tristan Berhard.s, emi- 
nent dramatist. The latter sold a 
series of originals of program 
.sketches. This Item alone account-' 
ed for $1,400. 

They gave a great show with the- 
atrical notables all doing special- 
ties as far as possible away from 
their natural bent, Andre Bauge, 
musical comedy tenor, did an aerial 
acrobatic act; Pierre Alcover, 
screen comedian, did an on -the -16 vel 
strong man turn, while legit lights 
appeared as circus clowns. Juvenile 
acts or appeared with animal turns. 

Performers train for their ap- 
pearance at this event for weeks. 
Idea could be copied for the Ac- 
tors' Fund benefit, which this an- 
nual gala resembles in character 
and purpose, ■ 



5 

MILLER'S N. Y. ^ 
GERMAN SEASON 



Berlin, ^larch 4. 
Kritzi Massary and her husband, 
Jlax Pellenberg, Germany's biggest 
drawing cards, have been engaged 
by Gilbert Miller for a New York 
season In German starting In Sep- 
tember, 

. Miss Massary Is to play "The First 
Mrs. Eraser" and Somerset Maugh- 
an's "The Constant Wife." 

Pallenberg will be seen in a series 
of comedies. Including "Grumpy," 
and several of the new Molnar 
pieces. 

Show people here look for Fallen- 
berg to do well In the States. Here 
he Is regarded aa the world's best 
player of light roles. 



"SILVER WINGS" PISIC 
CHARGE GOES TO TRIAL 

London, March 4. 
On hearing the motion for an in- 
junction by Rlcordl, the music pub- - 
Usher, against Clayton & Waller, 
charging, the ' music of "Silver 
Wings" is an infringement against 
"Madame Butterfly," the court ruled 
that the Issue Involved was too 
complicated for a ruling on .the mor 
tlon. 

Instead the court directed that 
the case be brought to speedy trial 
to determine rights of the parties. 
Plaintiff alleges that 24 out of the 
33 bars in the music complained of 
are repetitions of the motif of 
"Madame Butterfly." Defendants 
make a general denial and add that 
even If the allegations of similarity 
are true, the "Butterfly" melody is 
not original, but was lifted from 
that of the Moody and Sanky 'hymii 
"In the Sweet Bye and Bye." 

Statement of this angle of the de- 
fense elicited laughter in court. If 
the defense is sustained in this case. 
Interesting consequence will be the 
future standing of the "Butterfly" 
copyright. 



OPERA AT 10 CENTS 



Artisterdam Season Ends With 
Benefit for Jobless 



Amsterdam, Mirch 4. 

The Italian opera season here 
closed after an enormous success. 
Last two performances were under 
municipal subsidy and were given 
for the benefit of the unemployed. 

Entrance fee was fixed at the 
equivalent of 10 cents. 

"O Yes, Kitty," has Just celebrated 
its 100th performance at the Carre. 



Parade Band Contest Put 
On by Havana Tourists 

Havana, March 4. 

Committee of tourists put on a 
musical contest parade here for the 
first time with Cuban and Spanish 
orchestras playing from auto trucks. 
Financially the idea nosedived as 
the $100 prizes donated were not 
sufficient to cov«r expendes. 

Just 11 Instrumental outfits In the 
.event which played to the bigge.st 
crowd ever assembled locally. Peo- 
ple turned out for the parade at- 
tracted by the novelty,- 



INDEX 





2-7 




8-36 




21-33 


Film House Reviews...., 


45 




38-43 




46 




47 




48-49 




50-51 




54 




52-53 








63-C5 




66 


Correspondenro 


69 


In.xide — Pictures , 


18-.'51 


Inside — Music 


54 


Inside — ■\'andc 


r,A 


Jnsid'- "Lc^jit 


57 


'1 alking Slio)'t.<. 


'Jl 


T.irii-.ai 

Li'Uh flfvir'W.« i.. 


60 




'J -7 




4.'< 

63 


Jtiulio 


\e\v« of IJallies 


08 


Outdoors 


60-67 


Letter List, ., 


71 


t^ports 


64 




65 




49-64 



ADAMS GIBLS BOOKED 

London, March 4, 
After 10 weeks on .tour with 
George Robey's revue, the Adams 
Sisters resumed dates for General 
Theatres starting this , week at the 
Holborn Empire.. 



DROPPEE'S GALA 

' Amsterdam, March 4, 
Dropper, greatest of Dutch com- 
posers, celebrates his 60th birthday 
with a great musical festival, Memr 
gelberg and Monteux conducting. 



WEATHER 



Paris,"March 4. 
Weather lis Ideally spring In Its 
Inspiration which works two ways. 
It keeps tourists in Paris as po- 
tential theatre patrons, but it gives 
the natives the idea of visiting the 
Riviera, 



London, March 4, 
Weather ia consideral)ly warmer 
than normal at tliis .season, with no 
rain but j, good doal of fog. 

Show business Is ho))ing that 
l)right suimy we;iiher will follow, 
doing sometliin;^ to orf'-et Uie rlo- 
pros.uion of Lent. 



Washington, March -1, 
Weather bureau has furnished tlie 
following outlook to Variety for llie 
week beginning tomorrow. 

Fair Wednesday, .shower.s Thurs- 
day or Friday, probably ending by 
Saturday. Warmer Wednesday, 
colder about Fri»lay and warmer 
Sunday. 



VETERAN'S STAGE FRIGHT 



Herve Succeeds in End in Novel 
Idea of "Mfsa nth rope" 



Brussels, March 4. 
Seasoned actor though he Is, Jean 
Herve of the Comedie Francaiee al- 
most succumbed to stage fright dur- 
ing a special engagement at the 
Palais des Beaux Arts, playing a 
new version of Mollcre's "Misan- 
thrope." 

Girl students in the audience sav- 
ed the day for him by giving him 
encouragement. 

Novelty of the interpretation is 
that IJervc plays the leading char- 
acter of the classic piece from a 
tragic rather thin the usual com- 
edy angle. He gave a brilliant per- 
formance and the new interpreta- 
tion Is to bo seen in Paris later on. 



"Wealthy" Looks Failure 

London, March 4. 
"Ileallliy, Wealthy and Wise," 
comedy i;y Kleanor Chilton and 
Ilerljert Agar, Amei'ieans, wiis pro- 
duced Alarcli 1 at the New Theatre. 

Autliors never before wrote a play 
ind this one look.s it. lUece dls- 
iil']"'inting, aniateurl.sh an'd look.-- 
like a ooneluslvc failure. 



SCOTT-WHALEY PAET. 

London, March 4. 
Scf.ii and Whaley, colored come- 
dian.?, are separating, ending a 
vaudeville partner.ship th-it h.TP 
lusted more tlian 15 years. 



4 



VARIETY 



FOREIGN FILM NEWS 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



FRANCE MAY 
FORM FILM 
ACADEMY 



GERMAN EXHIBS' TOUR 



Coming Over In June — Entire Ex- 
pense Placed at $700 



Paris, March 4. 

Orsanii'-aUon of a ITrench Picture 
Acadeniy' is now being seriously 
considered by France. It had first 
been supgested by "Comoedia," a 
French daily especially devoted to 
theatricals, pictures and literature. 

Idea is to form an offlcial national 
organization to pi'omulgate and di- 
rect a national picture movement. 
To make the worlc of the Academy 
effective, state subsidizing (besides 
gifts and legacies) is suggested. The 
Academy would consist of 10 writ- 
ers. 10 inventors, and 10 picture di- 
rectors, and would give prizes for 
such films as should be encouraged 
from the artistic or educational 
point of view. It would also ex- 
amine inventions.recommending the 
worthy ones to the government, 
subvention schools of cinema, and 
subsjdize such artists as deserve 
recognition. 

Thought Is .slowly seeping around 
here that pictures should be made 
a- state controlled industry; ' corn - 
petition to the oiTicially approved 
efforts being quickly .'-tifled by 
means of cutting them off the sub- 
sidy list, equivalent to blacklisting. 

Taking into consideration the 
close relationship between the im- 
portant banking interests, some of 
which are .openly showing their 
hand in the picture game, and the 
government, it is obvious that the 
latter sees the possibilities of pic- 
tures and radio for propaganda as 
a medium which would be centrally 
controlled and as such be easier to 
rUn than the press. 

Also it must be borne in mind 
that among the French masses 
niany voters hardly read the papers. 



WOED BAR THOSE Hit 
AND RUN QUOTA FILMS 



Tjondon, Feb. 22. 
New move in the Quota .situa- 
tion, following a long series of com- 
plaints by British producers and 
others who say that the big rent- 
ing houses are ducking the i.-^sue, is 
a concerted push to the board of 
trade. Backed by the British As- 
sociation of Flm Directors and the 
Cinematograph Exhiblto-s' Associa- 
tion. 

Takiiig up the matter of quality, 
the- association passed a resolution 
whereby all member.s — practically 
^thc whole directorial strength of 
H| British production — agreed not to 
Hfmalce quickies for quota footage. 
^ Out to drive home the quality prob- 
lem to the Whitehall .stronghold;; 
tlie association met executives of 
the C. R A., and a deputation to 
tine board of trade will be made. 

Sydney Morgan, secretary of the 
directors' group, realizes there is 
practically no chance of further film 
, legislation during the life of this 
government and any olTlcial amend- 
ments regarding quality are un- 
likely. States his intention is to' 
ronvince the C. 13. A. so strongly 
that members will agree to bar poor- 
])roduot turned out cheaply. 



FOREIGN EEGISTRATION 

' • Hollywood, March 4. 
■ Registrations .for the producer's 
Foreign Language. Bureau are now 
bei.ng niafle by the foreign depart- 
ments of the individual studios.. 
(;omplete records are sent to a 
central file at the Call Bureau. 

Saturday registration meetings, 
attended );y a board representing 
.stuOIo.M and Latin-American con- 
suls, have been disconlinuod. Ai 
t)ie lii-st meeting G3 were regis- 
tered and at the second 87, making 
the total 150. The board decided 
this ro))rescntod the bulk of Span-. 
Ish speaking stjige lnl(>nt now 
tivjilla'ble. ^ ,.. 

TELEFUNKEN LOSES 

The Hague, Feb. 18. 

Sister coni))iiny of the I'hilips 
oonccDi in (!(.'rniany won its ni'bi- 
t)-ation case against Telofunkon 
over radio license litigation. 

Tolcfiinken wanted the T/oronz 
Company to stop dealing with tlie 
(j<'rman Philips iirm. 

Because Telefunken lost tlte ease, 
it Is trying to rance.l its iigreement 
with Lorcnz, 



Berlin, Feb. 22. 
Group of German exhibitors are 
going to America this summer, June 
18 -Aug. 5, to study conditions. 

They are going In the so-called 
jtouri.st class and the whole trip, 
I including hotels, etc., will cost only 
$700. OHlcial exhibitor.s' associa- 
tion is organizing the journey and 
over 25 members have applied for 
passage. 



AFRICAN THEATRES, LTD. 
CITES HIGHER PROFIT 



Capetown, March 4. 

At the annual general meeting of 
African 'Theatres, Ltd., here, L. W. 
Schlesinger, leading spirit of the 
enterprise, refuted public rumors 
that overseas investments liave de- 
preciated value of the shares and 
attributed the drop in market quo- 
tations to distress selling by a cer- 
tain coterlie of stockholders. 

Insiders, he said, have no inten- 
tion of disposing of their holdings. 
He reported gross profits for the 
year at 11,540,000, compared with 
$1,026,350 for the prevloxis year. 
Report . recommended an Interim 
dividend of 6%, with the plan of 
making the disbursement a total of 
S% for the full year. 

The report was adopted unani- 
mously. 



London Firm Sues N. Y. 
Firm Over Equipment 

Keith Prowse & Co., Ltd., Lon- 
don amusenrtent concern, has filed 
suit in the New Tork Supreme 
Court against Visionola Mfg. Co. 
and the Vision -Tone Corp., for 
$38,786 as the slim paid to the de- 
fendant for the delivery in London 
of ■ 250 instruments manufactured 
by the defendant. These embody 
gramophone and talking and silent 
picture devices. 

Defendant gave notice that the 
instruments could not be delivered 
in London before March 30, it is 
alleged, and agreed to return the 
money if the plaintiff was not satis- 
fled, but failed to do so. 



British Films Acquire 
Multi-Lingual Complex 

London, Feb. 22. 

Nearly every British talker sched- 
uled for production here is an- 
nounced as the first genuine multi- 
lingual dialog film. 

Craze for multi-linguals con- 
tinues in the British studios. Rec- 
ord, to date, is held by Associated 
Film Industries, whicli lists "City 
of Song," to be made by Carmine 
Gallone, Continental producer, in six 
languages. "Hello Europe," revue 
announced by. Twickenham Film 
Studios, is to be made in three, or 
four lingos, European studios sup- 
plying much of tlie footage. 

"The Two Worlds," latest Dupont 
opus for British International- 
Greenbaum, is to be made. In Eng- 
li.'ili, I<'rcnch and German. 



RESTRICTIONS OFF 

^ Paris, February 22. 

■ Capucinos, the Wilton -Brockli.ss- 
Tiffany house on the Boulevards 
Capuclnes, Tiffany's Paris show- 
case, is now booking anything and 
everything, accoi'ding to J. Brock- 
IJss. 

• House capacity is very limited 
and it has been a loser froni the 
start, or fever since tlie theatre 
changed policy from an intimate 
legit site. 



SPAIN'S FIRST TALKER 

Madrid, February 21. 

First talking film of importance 
in .Spanish, written by two conic- 
dian.s and a Spanish musician, will 
be shown here in April.. Authoi-s 
riro the two comodian.s, Viin l^'edro 
Seca, and Don Pedro Perez Fer- 
nandez music is by tlie (';uerrero. 

Title of tlic work is "Tlie Song 
qf the 1)i\y." 



U's German Financing 

Kerlin, Feb. L'2. 
(lorman braiich of l!)iivcrsii! I):is 
Ijcon roorg.'iniy.erl' as a stocli com- 
pany w'ith a capital of 2,000,000 
marks. 

Company is financed by f.'arl 
T.M'>emmle and I'nivorsal. Pi-osident 
of the board of direotoi's is .losopli 
J I'Viedman. 




MILTON DOUGLAS 

Musical Comedy Favorite' and Band 
Leader . of Established Merit 

Headlined R. K. O., Loew, Fox Cir- 
cuits with His ,Qwn Band 
Now MASTER OF CEREMONIES 
at BRANFORD, NEWARK, indef- 
inately 

Thanks-tii George Skouras 
An entertainer with talent and 
personality plus 



ENGUSHFAILS 
AFTER GERMAN 



Copenhagen, March 4. 
Tlie . Palace tried the experiment 
pf booking in an English dialog ver- 
sion of "Atlantic" after the German 
talker version had been a . riot with 
the Danes who raved about the act- 
ing of IMtz Kortner. 

-The jCnglisli version got the merry 
razz and was forced to an early 
closing, principally due to the pub- 
lic view that the German acting 
over-shadowed that of the English. 
Fact is__the British cast doesn't 
compare with ^he German per- 
sonnel. 

Englisli reproduction also came 
in for criticism. 

Point of the comparison is that 
apparently the language doesn't 
figure. There are probably about 
as many Danes who spea.k English 
as there are who understand Ger- 
man. 



AUSTRALIAN RIVALS GO 
TO TALKER PRODUCTION 



Sydney, March 4. 

Williamson & Tait have made a 
hook-up for talker production with 
Norman Dawn, American film maker, 
granting him the rights on the i*e- 
vue material they control, together 
with the stage artists, wardrobe, 
music libraries and other facilities. 

First picture will go into work 
within two weeks with recording 
eiiuipment from the States. 

.Afeanwhile, the Union theatre 
people have sent a representative 
to America to buy talker recording- 
equipment to be used for their own 
local productions. 

Situation appears to forecast 
keen competition here in the mak- 
ing of product to be offered in world 
market.s, with Willlamson-Tait get- 
ting a break at the start. 



No Dubbing for 'Rita/ 
'Evangeline*-*Trespasser* 

Paris, Feb. 22. 
Local I*A exchange' heads don't 
know the exact percentage terms of 
distributing RKO product through 
their own exchanges, but they are 
preparing to niarkct "Rio Rita," 
concluding that French dialog will 
not be dubbed. This was one oC 
the ori.cinal intentions, but, instead, 
French iIlIos will .)e substituted. 
Musical numbers are to be retain- 
ed In their entirety. 

T'^.'V'.s own "Evangoline" (Dd Rio) 
and "Trespasser" (Swanson) will 
also -tVot iH? dubbed as previously 
planned, ,'iltliough singing portions 
will be retaijied intact and -French 
titles substituted against a .«ound-. 
synchi'c.ni'/ed niusieal background. 



OSTEND LIKES "INNOCENTS" 

Ostend, ]'"'ebi-uary 22. 

TalKci-s continue to draw full 
houses, to the detriment of^ silent 
pictures. Latest and greatest suc- 
cess is "Innocents of Paris" (Par). 

No doubt the French songs had 
much to do with it. 



KANE'S BACKERS 



Paramount Introduces the Producer 
at Paris Dinner 



Paris, March 4. 

After making its backing of Bob 
Kane and his experimental short 
subjects something of a secret. Par- 
amount has come out into the open, 
with its sponsorship. 

Company is giving a formal din- 
ner to Kane next Monday (March 
10) for the purpo.se of introducing 
him to the French press. 



SCORING U. S. SILENTS 
FOR FRENCH SMALLIES 



Paris, March 4. 

Independent American producers 
are synchroniziiig old silent pictures 
and reissuing old. subjects with mu- 
sic effects in order to fill a demand 
from the smaller French exhibitors 
for modern product. 

Procedure has quieted fears ex- 
pressed in the trade of a shortage 
of sound material. Fear arises from 
fact that the big circuits are absorb- 
ing nearly all the important product. 

To speed the work Maurice Gleize 
has opened a special studio particu- 
larly adapted to the synchronizing 
of silent pictures. 



New Tubeless Amplifier ; 
Klangfilm Eases Payments 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 

Report comes again from Frank- 
furt that a young technician, Wal- 
ter Scharpf, has invented a tube- 
less amplifier. It is said to work 
on the principal of relays. . For 
small houses it is said to g:ive suf- 
ficient tone. It has not been tested 
yet by continous use in a theatre. 

Incidental^, as a result of com- 
petition, Klangfilm is offering its 
equipment in sections. Instead of 
demanding, as was originally the 
case, that the exhibitor buy the' 
complete equipment all at once it 
is now allowing purchase of merely 
that part for reproducing sound pic- 
tures on disc. This is considerably 
cheaper than the full equipment 
which also Included the possibility 
of handling sound on film. Firm is 
also now offering long term credits 
on installments. 



FRENCH CINEMA 
TRUST AIMS 
AT WORLD 



Soviet Towns Like 'Uncle 
Tom' and 'Hot News' 

Moscow, Feb. 18. 

Universal's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 
Is drawing crowds here and other 
Soviet cities. 

Audiences being vaguely ac- 
quainted by hearsay with Little 
"Eva" and "Topsy," wonder what 
has happened to them 'since they do 
not appear in the picture. They 
also marvel at the rearrangement 
of some of the scenes, being inno- 
cent of Hollywood's courage In the 
matter of revising classics to please 
the American hinterland. 

"Hot News," (Bebe Daniels) is 
also among the most popular 
Amei-ioan importations at present. 



Czech Film Draws 

Prague, Feb. 20. 

How C;zechoslovak soldiers undei 
Colonel Svec broke through the 
Bolshevik lines during the Russian 
Revolution and, by way of the United 
States, finally reached home after 
circling the globe, is shown in the 
fiwSt Czech hi.storical film, a local 
production. 

Film, based on Rudolf Medek's 
drama, was shown at the Fenix 
theatre here, before a distinguished 
audience, which included the aged 
mother of Col. Svec. Latter mei. 
his death while le-Ti'ding the Czecho- 
slovak Legion in .Siberia during the 
war. 

Film is playin.^- lo big business. 
Svatopluck liinem.'uin directed with 
Bedrich Karen as Col. Sveci anO 
Irena Ardenovii o))posite. 



Pariss, March 4. 
The (^ttumont - Aubert - J'Y.\i.co 
merger under the leadership of 
Maurice D6Vries, vice-president of 
the Bahque Nationale de Credit, is 
but the first step in the formation 
of an all-Europe combine, according 
to the story circulated in film circles 
here. 

Gossip has It that negotiations ul- 
ready are on for alliances wUh 
British International and interest^ 
identified with Tobis Klangrflm 
which controls sound ,in German 
territory. 

There is good reason for believ- 
ing that the Tobis angle is set as 
a co-operative working agi-eement, 
at least for the distribution of prod-,. 
net for both France and Germany. 

Trick of the whole deal is th© 
presence in negotiations of DeVries 
whose po.sltion in the financial world', 
insures a sound backing of credit 
and financial responsibility, an ele- 
ment that is recognized as neces- 
sary to a stable organization. 

Operation may still .be In its form-^ 
ative state. Some of the extreme.^ 
to which rumors carry it are ab- 
surd, but that there is something 
working in the background is fairly 
certain. DeVries himself declines to 
make ny comment upon the pur- 
poses of his group. 

Stories are told of pi-ospetts for 
an American connection which are 
80 sensational they discount them- 
selves as exaggerations. One of 
them, to illustrate the excess of 
prophesy, is that the combine ia 
shooting at taking over the Fox*^ 
control of Loew as part of its world- 
expansion scheme. . i{ 
Another angle seeks to find :■ Cu- 
ture association between the Vi-onffi 
combine and RKO. > 

JAP CEN<!ORS WO)?RV 
OVER AMERICA'S SIANG 



Film censors in .Tapan, according 
to information received by Metro's 
foreign department, are having a 
difficult time with the latest Amer- 
ican jargon. 

Nipponese are suspicious of every 
American slang word and cannot bo 
at all sure that a risque or vul-" 
gar meaning is not tucked .nway 
somewhere. 

Most of the censors there speak . 
Oxford English and, to their an- 
noyance, find that their dictionaries 
throw no light rpon the n).eaning of 
Amesica's slang expressions. As*a 
result, almost any word that Is- not 
understood or is not located in the 
dictionary is cut by the bon)-d for . 
fear it might harbor some ambig- 
uous meaning and contnmin;ilo the 
picture public. 

Censor thus has his trouljle^ but 
l;he exhibitor is reallV the go;\_t. 
Pictures are cut and cut. With 
sound tn Hlii it is not so b.-id. but' 
disk pictures its murder. Both 
measures . are annoying tr> the 
public. 

' The censors, ' however, nrc at- 
tempting to learn. They usually ' 
lake down all expressions censored., 
find then Inquire as to the nienning. ' 



GERMANY'S 'WESTERN FRONT' 

r.crlin. Feb. 22. 
Nero ]'"ilm is bringing out a pic- 
ture called "The AVestern From, 
1918." • T-niversal lini; tried to get 
an injunction claiming that the fitle 
is-a steal on "AH Quiet on the AVest- 
ern Front.". Court refu.sed to grant 
It. . 

Picture is to be all sound and di- 
rected by O. W. Pnhst, who did 
"Secrets of a Soul." 



P-N's Extension 

Paris, Feb. 22. 
Pathe-Katan is building a .seven- 
story office buildinor and studio ex- 
tension lo its Paris studios. 



German Version of 'Ni^ht' 
No Panic at The Hague.; 

The Hague', Feb. 21. 

Gerrhan film produced by l-'roe- , 
iish, "The NI.i?ht Is Ours," saused 
no excitement here. 

Critics found the film too long. 
Dialog was in German, recorded by 
Tobis and reproduced at the City 
tlieatre on W. E. equipment. 

A lukewarm reception from the 
public although the French vci-sion 
is still going strong at the >r;irivanx, 
P.'iris. • 



BRITISH IMPORTS DOUBLE 

Wa.shington, March -1. 

■Imports of motion pictures by 
Great Britain (positives) nioi-c tluiM 
doubled' in footage during 11i2!). 
'rhis according to figures compiled 
by Alfred Xutting of the Americiin 
Consulate, London, and submitted 
to the Commerce Department. 

• In 1928 imports ran to ap))io.Ni- 
mately 15,000,000 linear feet ]92ii 
j\imped to more than 37,000.000 feet. . 

In contrast, exports from Crent 
Britain dropped, says Xutlinp. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



FOREIGN FILM NEWS 



VARIETY 



Metro Ignores French Chains; 

Concentrates on hdependents 



Paris, March 4. 

i\Ietro la making a great play for 
the business of the independent ex- 
hibitors here, refusing pointedly to 
cater to Pathe-Natan and the re- 
cently organized Gaumont-Fi-anco- 
Aubert consolidation, with its im- 
possible chain of theatres. 

If the Independents ever organize 
here — and there are indications 
that a movement in that direction 
Is in the making — Metro will prob- 
ably have a hand in the maneuver 
and ought to profit accordingly. 

As it is the two major exhibitor 
chains practically dictate terms to 
the distributors and, because they 
have the best outlets for product, 
are able to maintain a strong tacti- 
cal position. 

Metro, however, refuses to bow 
to dictations, just as it did when 
it retired from its otherwise profit- 
able contact with Franco-Aubert, 
abandoning a booking contract niade 
■when it operated the chain beifore 
the entrance of Franco into the 
situation. 

The chains now are getting the 
cream of sound product, leaving 
>letro in its new position as the- life 
caver of the Independents. One' re- 
sult is that Mietro can now find a 
market for a large quantity of silent 
film accumulated during the quota 
period. As for its major sound 
product, company figures it can sell 
that anywhere on a competitive 
quality basis. 



GObert RoDand as 
Spanish Recruit 
Claims HoUywood 



Madrid, March 4. 
Among the new enlistment's re- 
cruits for the Spanish army from 
the municipality of Villarcayo, in 
the province of Burgos, is a petition 
by Gilbert Holland, 24, native of 
Chihuahua, Mexico, who designates 
himself as a picture actor from 
Hollywood. 

His real name is given as Luis 
Alonso Botana, son of a late bull- 
fighter, Francisco Alonso ("Pa- 
qulro") and Consuelo Botana, na- 
tives of Villarcayo. 

Luis, alias Gilbert RoUand, was 
born in Mexico, where his parents 
Went to seek their fortune. 



Gilbert Roland (with one "1") Is 
the leading man who has appeared 
opposite Norma Talmadge in many 
pictures. 



PAR. SIGNS PEREJO 



Spanish Director Probably to Work 
With Bob Kane 



Paris, March 4. 

Benito Perejo, Spanish director, 
has been contracted by Paramount. 

Presumption is he will work for 
the Bob Kane .outfit making ex- 
perimental shorts here under spon- 
sorship of Paramount. 

Perejo is here after completing 
his first native-made Spanish pro 
duction, "La Bodega," from a novel 
by Ibanez, dealing with peasant life 
In Andalusia. 



Ban on Screen Spice 

In Talking Short 

Paris, March 4. 
Although nudity and extreme 
spice get past in the revues here, 
they are under the ban for the 
screen. 

For this rea.son a scheduled .'<hort 
co-Ce;iturIng Jeanne Helbling and 
Milton, the latter star, of- "Kadu 
her." current here, was cancelled 
wlu-n Bob Kane found the script 
incUuled .1 sn.ippy undressing scene. 



"4 Feathers" in Dutch 

Amsterdam, IMiirch 4. 

"Four Feather.s" (Par) fared bad- 
ly .It the Tuschinski in .spite of fa- 
vonihle comment by the reviewers. 

KuCTgeraent goes down as a flop. 



GARBO'S "HSS" MAY 
SET FOREIGN SYSTEM 



. Paris, March 4. 
Greta Garbo's "The Kiss" goes 
into the Metro Madeleine cinema 
next Friday (March 7), and much 
depends upon its reception. Picture 
follows eight weeks of Ramon No- 
varro in "The Pagan," which was 
set down as a conspicuous success. 

Study of these two numbers may 
figure in fixing Metro-Goldwyn's 
handling of sound for foreign mar- 
kets. "The Pagan" had no dialog, 
but was synchronized and had a 
theme song with English lyrics. The 
new Garbo picture is Jacques Fey- 
der's first production, and the first 
by a French director imported for 
the purpose. It is synchronized and 
was made throughoiit with an eye to 
the foreign market. 

Metro is understood to lean toward 
synchronized product as against all- 
talkers, and it is for this reason that 
"Hollywood Revue" is deferred, ex- 
ecutives being uncertain about its 
reception here. In its place "Halle- 
lujah" and "Mrs. Chaney" will fol- 
low "the Kiss." 

Another item on the bill is the Hal 
Roach comedy short with Laurel 
and Hardy; originally called "The 
Night Owls," then dubbed In trick 
pigeon Spanish under the title of 
"Ladrones" ("Thieves"), and a rec- 
ord-breaking comedy number 
throughout Spain. 

This subject has been dubbed in 
freak French and called "Blotto." 
Language makes no pretense to be 
real French, but is comedy jargon 
like the clowned Spanish version. 



"MARIUS" AS TALKER 



'PARADE'S' BIG BIZ, BUT 
FRENCH VERSION FAULTY 



Paris, March 4. 

As a public good will gesture, and 
also for the practical purpose of 
feeding early morning patrons. Par- 
amount has reopened its theatre tea 
room, closed down fol: a year. 

Cause is the terrific receipts for 
Chevalier's "Love Parade," for 
which the doors open at 9.30 In the 
morning. House Is capacity imme- 
diately thereafter. Reason for clos- 
ing the refreshment room was that 
it was wasteful. 

French version of the Chevalier 
picture is nothing to write home 
about. Reproduction was thin and 
tinny in the numbers, and the dialog 
had beea cut in favor of titles In 
French, the half-and-half version 
being very unsatisfactory. Song 
numbers, however, . came through 
very well. 

Quality of the picture presentation 
is ignored and the business is sen- 
sational. • Another detail that 
worked against this exhibition were 
the awkward linguistic attempts of 
Jeanette MacDonald's French. 

Future of the engagement is not 
altogether optimistic. House doesn't 
seem to be so steamed up, either. 
Harold Lloyd's "Welcome Danger" 
already is being heralded in a tenta- 
tive way. A solid hit of this pro- 
gram is Max Fleischer's sound car- 
toon, "Noah's Ark." 

The Paramount and Metro's Mad- 
eleine cinema are the only houses 
that have no refreshment booths. 



Dutch Trade in Protest 
Over Censor Severities 

The. Hague, March 4. 

The Bloscoopbund, association of 
Dutch, picture exhibitors, is protest 
ing the Severe film censorship that 
prevails all over Holland. 

Showmen call screen control un 
necessarily drastic, particularly de 
crying cen-^orshlp over sound rec 
ords. Legal point Is made that the 
orlgln-il cpn.'^or law did not cover 
sound and the exhibitors are now 
demandin.ir that new legislation be 
enacted clarifying tbc subject and 
setting up more lenient rules. 



Kane Doing Only French Version of 
Paris Stage Success 



Paris, March 4. 

Confusion of world rights on Mar- 
cel Pagnol's current stage isuccess, 
"Marlus," is causing Bob Kane to 
make only a French film ver.sion 
pending clarification of other rights. 

Gilbert Miller has the Broadway 
production rights of the piece, but 
Miller's affiliation with Paramount 
probably will clear away any diffi- 
culty, since Kane's experiments 
with talkers here is under the spon- 
sorship of Paramount. 

Another mixup on copyright ap- 
pears in the delay over a travesty 
version of "Carmen," which the 
comedian Boucot is to do. It is 
held up until the music copyright 
angle can be stralgtened out. 



SMITH QUITS PDC 

London, M.irf-h 4. 

Georuo Smith, head oC Produff-rs 
Distributing Company, outlet here 
for Pathe, has reslfe'ncd.. 

Post may bi? filled temporarily at 
least by Delchnnty, who is due from 
the States March 8, 



HELD BACK BY 
ITALY'S RULES 



Paris, March 4. 
David Souhaml, Italian territorial 
chief for Paramo^int, is in Paris and 
crying the blues over the situation 
in Facisti-land, where business Is 
dead in film talkers due to the Mus- 
solini ban on foreign language. 

Souhaml figures il is problemati- 
cal whether it would be worth while 
for Par to produce for the territoi-y, 
but if the company decides to go 
into the field they could do so eco- 
nomically by using Bob Kane's or- 
ganization for making shorts In 
Paris. 

Owing to the Mussolini order 
nothing but synchronized product 
can be screened. However, the edict 
also forbids use of any sound news- 
reel but the official Luce product, 
with which Fox Movietone has a 
hookup. Italy has only de luxers, 
and most of them have Western 
Electric equipment. The rest of the 
sounded houses have Pacent appa- 
ratus. 



lELODY' ENGUSH TALK 
SCORES BRUSSELS HIT 



Rome, March 4. 

Although the dubbed Italian in 
"The Tiger," offered by Columbia 
Pictures, has many short-comings 
on the technical side, it is the first 
Italian dialog and singing picture 
here and is doin^; business at the 
Imperial. 

Reproduction Is faulty, but the 
native fans look upon the picture 
with lively Interest due to its 
novelty as a talking -and singing 
picture. ' 

Experiment Indicates there is a 
large field for product here for pic- 
tures with Italian dialog and an 
opportunity for enterprising Amer- 
icans. 

Stefano P^ttalugaa has three 
Italian dialog subjects in the mak- 
ing, but they wont be ready until 
some time next summer. 



DEFINITE ON DIALOG 



French Theatra Explains Talk and 
Title of "Show Boat" 



Paris, March 4. 

Making certain that the fan pub- 
lic will be under no misapprehen- 
sion as to English dialog in "Show 
Boat," the Imperial, Pathe's boule- 
vard house, is specific in its billing 
of the feature. 

Theatre makes it plain in all an- 
nouncements that while there is. 
some dialog in English, titles are 
all in French. 

Picture enjoyed a favorable open- 
ing, considering that it has as op- 
position nearby the Paramount, 
where Chevalier in "The Love Pa- 
rade" is a sensation. 



Spain Likes "Scandals*' 

Madrid, March 4. 

"Broadway Scandals" (Col) scored 
a great success at the Cinema 
Callao here, although it.« Knglish 
lyrics were unintelligible to the na- 
tive audience. 

Sprightly mu.sic and brisk danc- 
ing made up for the rest. . 



Ufa Film Opera Big 

Amsterdam, March 4. ' 
"Liebfs Wcil'/.er," musical sound 
film made by Ufa is doing remark- 
ably wfll at the Rembrandt cinema 
hf-re. 

"Thf Leatherneck" is doing only 
so so at the Corso, while "The Di- 
vine Lady" is getting moderate re- 
turns at the Royal Cinema. •. 



Brussels, Mai'Ch 4. 
With characteristic Belgian com- 
mercial foresight mention of Rolls 
Royce motors was censored out of 
"Tlie Broadway Melody" Avhen it 
was screened hero. Reason is that 
all Belgian roads are posted with 
signs urging people to buy native 
machines and support native indus- 
tries. 

Another odd bit of censoring was 
the erasure of the lino about beau- 
tiful girls wearing diamonds, which 
was against public morals. 

Picture was a sma.sh at the Ca- 
meo here, with the management 
undertaking the daring experiment 
of letting the English dialog run in 
full. Few natives understand Eng- 
lish and the lines were not intel- 
ligible, but they enjoyed the nov- 
elty. 

On the other hand, Universal's 
"Broadway" had titles in the native 
tongue when it was shown here and 
the lyric interludes were cut, giv- 
ing the picture a hybrid asi>ect. 



TIFFANY PARIS AGENCY 



Company Takes All Interests — Wil- 
ton Interest Cut 



Paris, March A. 

Tiffany has assumed all the Wil- 
ton - Brockliss - Tiffany obligations 
and properties here, taking over the 
Capucines cinema, its boulevard 
show windo^, with Frank Brockliss 
and Phillippe de Becker continuing 
In the management. 

Wilton, whose Interests are with 
Dutch ship builders, has curtailed 
his. backing owing to business de- 
mands at home. Formerly Wllton- 
Brockllss-Tiffany constituted the 
Tiffany Paris agency, but now all 
such interest has been taken over 
by the parent company itself. 



Sydney, March 4. 
The federal treasurer of the Com- 
monwealth . has issued an order 
which has the effect of prohibiting 
foreign film distributors from send- 
ing m( ney remittances overseas. 
Order applies to all except small 
amounts called for in the tran.sac- 
tion of business. 

Accumulated capital is held : in 
banks here to the credit of the dis- 
tributors and now amounts to 
around $600,000, while the govern- 
ment is trying to persuade the dis- 
tributors to reinvest the money in 
local enterprise. Government anx- 
iety arises from the fact that com- 
mercial depression here is acute and 
local capital is at a premium. 

The city of Sydney, for instance, 
would like to borrow $3,000,000 and 
points out that money held here 
by American film and oil interests 
has reached a respectable total and 
would almost cover the city's bor- 
rowing needs. 



London May Rule Out 
Woman Branding Scene 

London, March 4. 

When "Dear Lpve" closes at the 
Palace March 8, house -may book 
in Jefferson Cohn''s French picture, 
"The Queen's Necklace," starring 
March 11. 

A condition on the arrangement 
is that the British censor shall ap 
prove the picture, which now seems 
doubtful unless the scene is cut 
which shows the branding of a 
woman with hot irons. 

This is the picture for which 
Cohn first wanted Poll Negri. Part 
was subsequently taken by Marie 
Delamotte. If film goes in, it is 
scheduled to run until the next 
Palace show is ready. 



Czech Tax Protest 

Prague, March 4. 

Cinema owners' association in 
mass meeting here protested high 
amusement taxes amounting to 
from 10% to 50% of all admissions. 

Showmen propose a compromise 
of 10% on admissions up to five 
crowns or 15 cents and 20% 
Straight on admissions above that 
level. This is offered instead of the 
progressive scale now in force. 



Foreign Picture 
Money Embargo 
On in Australia 



Anna Wong Film Hit 

Zurich, March 4. 

Wliat is called the world premiere 
of British International's picture, 
"Hal Tang," starring Anna May 
Wong and directed by Eichberg, 
took place here at the Apollo the- 
atre, where It was well received. 

The Oriental star appeared in 
person in connection with the 
screen show and made a fine im- 
pression. 



Swiss Patent Decision 

Zurich, March 4. 

The Zurich Supremo Court has 
Just upheld ."n injunction obtained 
by Triergon Interests and directed 
against the Tobis group. German 
f«ftinn . ppoaled. 

Now the case goes to the Federal 
cgurt, whore it will receive final ad- 
judlc.'itlon. 



Australia's Roxy Gala 

Sydnf'y, March 4. 
Australia's Roxy theatre, FuUer'K 
now house here, opened with a gal;i 
tJcrformance of "Hollywood Rcvur;" 
(MOM). 

Effort was made to give th" oc- 
casion , pedal importance by wIku 
was Ccilled a ■world-wide radio 
hookup. Tlic city ofllclals attended 
the show. 



NATAN DENIES 
FRENCH MERGER 



Paris, March 4. 
T. Natan has again taken occasion 
to broadcast that all possibilities oC 
a merger of his company with Gaii- 
mont-Franco-Aubert are cold. Oc- 
casion was the stockholders meet-> 
ihg at which there was an affirma- 
tive vote on the proposition to in- 
crease the capital from $2,400,000 to 
$6,400,000. 

A mii^ority of shareholders repre- 
senting ' about $16,000 in stock 
sought in vain to block the sale of 
$1,680,000 of ordinary stock to 
Bauer & Marchal, bankers, and of 
$424,000 in preferred stock to Natan 
himself. 

Insurgent minority was outvoted 
on the proposition and the two 
transactions went through. 



"JOURNEY'S -END" HAIK'S 



French Producer Beats Gaumont to 
French Rights of Drama 



Paris, March 4. 
Jacques Haik beat out Gaumont 
in a race for the French rights to 
Tiffany's "Journey's End,"- Haik 
grabbing a territorial grant from 
Gainsborough, which already had 
taken over control of European 
rights. 

Haik is dubbing the picture in 
French and building the picture fur- 
ther by splicing in real war mob 
scenes of which a great quantity 
is available here. 

In the Interpolated episodes 
French sound effects sire being 
dubbed, all these operations helping 
to strengthen the picture. 



Prince Sues Metro on 
Role in "Merry Widow" 

Paris, March 4. 
Impo.sing legal talent is drawn up 
on both sides in the suit of Prince 
Danile of Montenegro against 
Metro-Goldwyn, demanding $40,000 
damages and alleging defamation of 
character. 

Legal papers set forth that the 
Prince Is named in Metro's picture, 
"The Merry Widow," and the char- 
aoter is detrimental to his stand- 
ing. 

Paul Boncour Is of counsel for 
the Prince, while Metro is repre- 
.sented by Henri Robert. 



Interchange Clause 

Paris, March 4. 
A n'.'W clau.-ie hapt been Inserted in 
thf book contr.'ict offered to French 
f'xliiijitors by dl.^trlbutors. 

It piovidos that tho distributor 
may withdraw product if he con- 
sidr-r.i (juality of reproduction In 
faulty. 

Suii|i..s"il to be an angle of the 
sound patent light in Europe. 



VARIETY 



FOREIGN SHOW- NEWS 



Fear That Arabs May Start Something 
Threatens Palestine's Purim Carnival 



Chatter m London 



. Jerusalem, Feb. 14. 

Biggest show that Palestine puts 
on each yeai*— the annual Purim 
Carnival at Tel-Aviv— has boon 
drastically curtailed for the present 
season. Two of the biggest fea- 
tures of the Carnival, tlic parade 
and the beauty contest, the AVinner 
of which gets the title of tlie Queen 
of Palestine, have been eliminated 
entirely. The exhibition halls, the 
center of the many masked balls, 
are also to be closed for the oc- 
casion. There will be some form 
of celebration, mostly in the way 
of masked balls, but they will all 
take place with a strictly restricted 
attendance. 

Reasons are two -fold. First is 
political and the second precaution- 
ary. With the riots of last August 
still fresh In the minds of the peo- 
ple, many Arabs and even one or 
two Jews still being tried and com- 
mitted for alleged crimes perpetrat- 
ed during that period, and with the 
findings of the British inquii-y com- 
mission altout to be ' made public, 
it was considered bad form and poor 
diplomacy to let the Carnival run 
full sway and thus convey the im- 
pression of gay indifference to the 
problems of the day. Too, as it is. 
(Continued on pag$ 44) 



NO COMMISSION FOR 
BERLIN DATES IN '31 



Berlin, Feb. 22. 

According to law, on Jan. 1, 1931, 
all theatrical agencies are to be 
abolished and in their place state 
run oflflces are to be established. 
Law, as originally passed, was 
merely aimed at the contractors 
who made big profits on farm work- 
ers during the harvest seasons, but 
the government has not seen At to 
repeal or revise it. 

Vaudeville agents will have to 
definitely go out of business and 
their place will be taken by the 
Parenna. This organization is 
financed, BO-50,. Ijy the Vaudeville 
Actors* TTnion and the Vaudeville 
Managers' Association; Govern- 
ment will also take over a share of 
the expenses. Performers will pay 
no commission of any sort for en- 
gagements obtained. 

In charge of the new organiza- 
tion will be Fritz Fechner, former 
vaudeville manager, and Konorah, 
president of the Performers' Union. 
Managers are doubtful of the suc- 
cess of this venture as they don't 
believe it -will be possible to keep 
track of the International talent 
necessary to headline bills. The 
performers, of course, are glad to 
^et rid of the gypping agent. 



VIENNA PLAY withdrawn 



Zweig Calls It Off Upart Failing to 
Get Krauss for C«st 



. Vienna, Feb. 22. 

Stefan Zweig has withdrawn his 
new pl,ay, "Lambs of the Poor," 
which. was to be (Jone at the State. 
Eubsidizect- Burgtheatre. 

Zweig wanted "Werner Krauss in 
it, but the actor is- under contract 
in Berlin. Director Herterich wMio,. 
in spite-.- pf his resignation, .sstill. 
manages, the Burghtheatre, in.<;isted 
on producing the play at once., This, 
debarred Kr.'tuss from a..chan<;e to. 
play it. and ca.u.sed its withdrawajl, 
unpr^cede/ited in Vienna. 
.jZweig is the author of "VolponeJ' 

Jewish Ai-t Players Held 
From States by Soviet 

Paris, March 4. 

Theiino Company, backer of the 
Moscow Jewish Art Players, . star,- 
ring Alexis Granowski, has sued the 
Paris Soviet Conimercial Agency 
for $.50,000 damages. Suit follows 
the iSovict forbidding the Jewl.sh 
Art Playei's to go to America. under 
guarantee of ship passage both ways 
by ptto H. Kahn. 

T.heflno Company has lost heavily 
on Jewish Players and hoped to 
recoup in America. Soviet gave no 
reason for denyirtg permission, 

Courtneidge, Perc, III 

London, March 4. 
Robert Courtneidge, veteran man- 
ager and wealthy, father of Cetlly 
Courtneidge, Is ill will) pneumonia 
liere. 



Agents See New Routme in 
Sayag's Outside Booking 

Paris, Feb. 22. 

A booking tifE between . Henri 
Lartigue (William MoiTis agency) 
and the Transvarlety Agency over 
the Novelle Bros., is regarded by 
local agents as possessing momen- 
tous significance. 

Concerns the Novelles going Into 
the Cafe de Paris, Monte Carlo, for 
Edmund Sayag and booked by 
Transvarlety. Significance Ig that 
Sayag is a partner in the Lartlgue- 
Morris agency and it was generally 
regarded that Sayag booked every- 
thing excluively through the Mor- 
ris oflice because of his business in- 
terest in that agency. Instead Sa- 
yag, through Jean Ballancourt, his 
artistic director, bought the No- 
velles from the Trq^wvarlety agency 
after that agency had been threat- 
ened by Lartigue that It wouldn't 
have a look-in. This followed 
Transvariety's refusal to split com- 
missions, feeling that it had the 
Novelle act exclusively. To further 
strain the situation, th« ^Novelles 
are a former Morris act in Amer- 
ica, but when reaching here they 
went over to Transvarlety. 

explanation may be that biz is 
generally so strained that the re- 
sorts are more vitally concerned in 
getting something that'll draw busi- 
ness regardless of hook-ups or ar- 
rangements. 

Novelles, recently arrived, are 
peeved at the local Morris agency, 
which means Lartigue, who is the 
managing director, because the lat- 
ter booked the Plattier Brothers 
Into the Empire, The Plattlers do 
the same type of turn as the No- 
velles, musical clowns. This engage- 
ment nullifies Paris for the No- 
velles. 

Vieima*s Birth Control 
Play Written by Doctor 

Vienna, Feb. 22. 

"Gequalte Menschen" ("Tortured 
Humans"), a play on birth control, 
made a hit at the Ki^mmersplele, 
more on the strength of Its object 
than on its literary merits. 

Though crude, the play has dra- 
matic force and was well done and 
acted. 

The author, Karl Crede, is sup- 
posed to be a doctor. 



New Revue Edition 

Paris, Feb. 22. 

Mistinguett is preparing a new 
spring-summer edition of " ' her 
"Paris-Miss" revue, which will go 
up against the new Folies Bergere's 
show, currently in rehearsal. La<te«: 
show will have its perennial favor- 
ite comedian, Randall. 

Among the new people slated foi- 
Mistlnguett'S effort are Zelda an;l 
John-Juan, Australian danceis, ami 
the jPolnikoff Trio, Russian whirl- 
wind steppers. ••• 

Folies Bergcre .show ' has thv» 
Hudson "Wondors, ■ juvenile enter- 
tainers, at $<00 A week, and set for 
a year.. 



YOEK AND KING IN CEASH 

Berlin, .March 4. 

Chic York, Rose King and their 
daughter, True, crashed in an air- 
plane 'at- : /Leipzig;,.' Thay .estaped 
witli severe bruises. 

Plane was enroute from Paji-la, to 
Berlin.., 



LIbby Holm'an at Kit Kat 
As soon ao the "Little Show" 
clo-ses, Libby Holman will go to 
London to open at the Kit Kat 
Club. 

She. is now booked, through T. D. 
Kemp, Jr., to open June 6, which 
.date may be postponed depending 
on the show's closing. 



French Carnival Accident 

Paris, March 4. 
An orchestra stand in an outdoor 
oiirnlvai at Angers, provincial toAvn, 
collapsed jamming up 30 musicians. 
Two of them were seriously injured. 



Boston Symphony for Paris 

Paris, March 4. 
Serge Koussevitzky is duo here in 
May. 

Ho will arrange to bring over the 
Boston Symphony Orcliestra ne.Kt 
,\"<'ar. 



HEIDT'S ROYAL SERENADE 



Jauistc Pl«y.<for';Pr!nce' of Moi^iipjv 
Evc'hiinii* AmenKifs 

Monte Carlo, Miirch A. .. 
HoraQOijieldt's Californlanfi ga;ve 
an Impromptu sei-enade to the Prince 
of. Monaco, vrho Is haying plenty of 
domesMc; gi'jef at the minute,, prer 
sentlng. the ruler with a letter of 
greeting' from Mayor Walker of.N*^?' 
York inviting His Majestey to visit 
Gotham. 

The Prince "replied that he couldn't 
make the vo_yage, but with an eye to 
business broadcast an invitation to 
Americans 'to visit liis beautiful do- 
main. 



GOOD VAIIDE SALARIES 
IN ITALY, BUT NO ROUTE 

Par^s, March 4. 

Paris agents are , panicked for 
acts to play in Italy where book- 
ings and good salaries are avail- 
able. So disorganized and chaotic 
are the spots, however, consecutive 
bookings are Impossible. Most acts 
refuse to go Into the Fascist terri- 
tory for only a week or two. 

Condition in Italy Is a result of 
Mussolini's opposition to foreign 
l&ngu$.ge. talkers, with Italian pic- 
ture houses using acts id bolsteT 
.their bills. Milan, Rome and Flor- 
ence ariB- particularly receptive ,tb 
acts of the type adaptable to the 
country and theatres. 

Two Famed Waiters Start 
Their Own Paris Place 

Paris, Feb. 22. 
All professionals who go out 
nights after their shows are fa- 
miliar with the American Quick 
Lunch, formerly . Mitchell's (by 
•which founder's name some still call 
the eatery). Even mor^ familiar 
are they with Herby (Doc.) Wines 
and GIno C!ubsta, their favorite- 
waiters who parley- vous in any- 
body's language.- Latter two have 
finally, after 12 years at the same 
spot, stepped out with their own 
U. S. bar and restaurant on rue de 
Douai. 

Every American professional and 
newspaperman in Paris turned out 
just to drink wine in a type of place 
thejf ordinarily come to -for Amer- 
ican vittles such as pancakes, Amer- 
icah toffee and the like. The Amer- 
ican quick lunchery racket is a 
great proposition now In Mont- 
martre with many natl.'^a agreeins 
it's worth 28. cents for a cup . of 
coffee — but coffee. 



Manager^ Rejoin 

• Berlin. Feb. 22: 
After over two years, Max Hcin- 
hardt, Victor Barnowsky, Eugene 
Robert and Robert Klein are re- 
turning to the Deutsche Buhnen- 
verein, the German managers as-' 
SDCiation. These four, the most im- 
portant ah(| successful private 
theatrical managers in Berlin, left 
.the association because they didn't 
feel they were- getting a square deal. 
Three fourths of the theatres in 
Germany are state, subsidized. . 

Although no offlcial statement has 
been made, ife is generally known 
that the association has made the 
promise ..that it will pay more at- 
tention to the interest- of its private 
minority in the future. 



.London "Sons o* Guns" 

Connellj'' and Swanstroni , 'have 
sold the English producing rights 
of "Son' o' Guns" tq ClsiytQn & 
Waller. ' '- -' " ' : 

The musical will be produced in 
London about ■ the- middle of- May. 
BobbJr i-HowTfts,-- English - comic, . will 
handle the Jack Donahue part. 
Bobby Connelly will himself stage 
the dances and will leave for Lon- . 
don about Alay. 

-When produced in England the 
soldiers of the troop, instead of 
being American as in the original 
production, will be converted to 
Anzacs. 



ReinhardtV Film Play 

Berlin, Feb. 22. - 
Reinhardt has accepted -a new 
pl.ay called "Phaea" by Fritz von 
Unruh, well known German dram- 
atist. Much of tlie action of the 
piece takes place in uri American 
film studio. 

Reinhardt admits that the selec- 
tion of this plqiy was dictated by 
his interest in talkers. He is think- 
ing of directing Max Mt-U's "Apostle 
I'li.y," a mystery. 
m 



London, February 22. 

Americans still looking for- cen- 
trally heated hotels. Many adver- 
tised, but that's all, 

Robert Brown, .son of Brown' and 
Lavelle and formerly the plant in 
their act, playing first legit part in 
"Appearances^" 

Well known London critic told 
Bobby How^cs liot to' accept lead in 
"5Q Million Frenchmen," as show 
was dirty. 

Enough colored talent in London 
to recruit a big all-color«d show. 

Avenue Pavilion only flicker house 
owned by Gaumont British showing 
all sllents, and in the West End, too. 

Snow, after 12 months' break. 

They're killing -parrots every- 
where. 

Edna Best Js ' rapidly becoming 
this town's best talker bet. . 

Mabel Poulton's back in pictures. 
Out through weight trouble. 

Two types of theatre critics here 
—those who want a National the- 
atre, and those who want a raise. 

Judges are knocking oft divorce 
cases at the rate of eight a day, 
another sign of the American In- 
fluence. 

Basil Dean fancies himself so 
much as a flicker producer that he 
isigns all his publicity himself. 

Scenario departments are combing 
Rabelais for retorts to use in sex 
pictures; 

Monica Ewer from the "Daily 
Herald" film department to the the- 
atre desk. 

Fay Compton's due for Ophelia 
again. Last played it with John 
Barrymore in his dumb-bell act. 

Bernaid Nedell's producing plays. 
Couldn't get his accent past the 
talker mikes. 

(3eorge Robey celebrated 40 years 
of vaude by going back to the Pal- 
ladium and doing the same gags he 
did the first time. 

Film company given the air by 
Scotland Yard when asking if it 
could accompany the Flying Squad 
on one of its -Limehouse picnics. 

Marie Rambert; Ashley Duke's 
wife, has gone dancing. Staging 
herself in the middle of ballets. 

P. G. Wodehouse frequents the 
"Savoy Grill. Apart from Shaw, 
who doesn't eat, and Wallace, who 

Golf Course Turns Fishing 
Village. Into a Resort 

Ostend, Feb. 22. 

Knocke-sur-Mer, about 40 miles 
east of here, 'was. an. unknown fish- 
ing village some 30 years ago un- 
til discovered by a, few British peo- 
ple who laid out a. golf course. 

Its progress has been continuous 
ever since and it now bids to out- 
rival Ostend. 

Building a casino there which 
presents the unique feature of con- 
taining a theatre. 



Folies London Date 

•London, March 4. 

Terminating 13 months' engage- 
ment with the Folies Bergere revue 
in Paris Glenn Ellyn opens at the 
Plaza cinema March 7, doubling 
from the Grosvenor House from 
March 10 on. ' 

When the Folies' show comes to' 
the Victoria Palace April 7, after a 
week's try-out in Southampton, she 
moves into that attraction, the 
engagement having been made def- 
inite. 



DUFOR CiiUB DATE 

London, March 4. 

The Dufor Boys, Including Harry 
Dufor and Delia Faust, opened last 
night at Clro's, in for a fortnight.' 

Act opens March 17 at the Palla- 
diu'm. 



ROSIK FnJFPI DIES 

London, March 4,. 
Rosik Filippj, famous actress, died 
in London, Feb. 28, at the age-of 64. 

Paris Club Resumes ' 

Paris, March 4. 

Clifford Fischer, of the Paris Mor- 
ris office, will supply the^ talent- at 
Les Ambassadeurs, which is no 
longer conU-oHed by Edmund Sayag. 

Celement Hobsort' is the new 
owner of the cafe which will open 
March 12, reconstructed. Sayag still 
has the New Theatre adjacent to 
restaurant. 



PaVis Pre- Lent Whoopee 

Paris, March 4. 

Mardl Gras is getting hea-vy cele- 
bration in the pre-Lenten whoopee 
of the students. 

Hilarity la assuming old time size 
with cafes and theatres benefiting. 



Wednesday, March 5: 1930 



doesn't get time to, he's the only 
author w:ho .can pay the bill. 

There's a silent picture in pro- 
duction here. 

Lew Lake turned down talker 
offers. 

W. A. Mutch off films for th» 
"Daily Chronicle." RowB with the 
management over publicity work. 

George Smith, head o£ PDC, Pathe 
outlet, is the film trade's keenest 
dancer. 

Chance that the British Equity 
stunt may some day come to some> 
thing. 

English papers getting a chance 
to spell Nyota Inyoka wrong. Girl 
dancing at the Arts. 

Nigel Playfalr's getting space be- 
cause his son, at Oxford, has been 
advertising for a balloon. 

Paul Robeson's takeif a house 
opposite Hampstead Hesclti. 

Harry Claff, chairman of the Vari- 
ety Artists' Federation, had his car 
stolen. 

Trodabaret, Trocadero supper 
show, has booked 14 acts for March. 

Ella Shields ducked visiting the 
States on medical advice. Is tourinp 
South A'frlca Instead. 

Helene Pickard on a Mediterra- 
nean cruise. 

Jessie Bond, one of the old Savoy-* 
ards, and stiU a.dored by the survi- 
vors of those days, is penning her 
memoirs. 

Strong doubts whether Gains- 
borough will ever rebuild Its stu- 
dios, burned recently. Rumors are 
a consolidation with Gaumont, with 
which it's linked In Gaumont-Bi-lt- 
Ish organization. 

Folks going to New Gallery to see 
talker of "Rookery Nook," Aldwych 
stage smash, lifted straight from 
theatre to screen. Know all ..the 
gags and keep one or two in front 
.of the film all the time. 

Jacqueline Logan's het up. Gains- 
borough studio didn't like her pro- 
nunciation and decided to make 
two versions of "Symphony in T\VO 
Plats," talker, in which she was 
have co-starred with Noyello. She 
gets the lead In the American priii,t. 
Benita Hume gets break in .0;e 
English. 

Chinese Girl Dancer 
Scores Strongly in Moscow 

Moscow, Feb. 7. 
Sylvia Chen, young Chinese girl, 
and daughter of Eugene Chen, for-" 
mer minister of foreign affiiirs of* 
the government of China, is suc- 
cessfully dancing here. . She has so 
far appeared only in separate num- 
bers at different concerts. 

Despite; the participation of the 
most talented youth of the theatre, 
and of Abramova, the premiere bal- 
lerina, Sylvia Chen, essentially a 
plastic dancer and therefore con- 
trasted sharply with the more .sty- 
lized dances on the program, re- 
ceived a r.emarkable ovation. 

She received .her first dunce 
training in a London school of thq 
ballet. 



Bankhead Camille Jam . 

London, March 4. - 
Rachel Berendt, French actros.q 
who says she Is part author with 
Sir Nigel Playfair in the new vei-- 
sion of "Camille," 'which Tallulali 
Bankhead proposes to do hero at thd 
Garrick this week, applied ior aji 
injunction', tut when tjne ca.se w.-is 
called an' adjournment -was' ma(i4> 
until after the premiere, ' ' 

' First night seats for the shbw 
are .selling at %6. Applications ex- 
ceed seating capacity of the Giar- 
rlck three times over. 

Dorothy Dix Sketch 

Londbrf; March 4. 

Dorothy Dix, legit actress, is fea- 
tured at the Coli.seum in a new 
sketch, "The Wife Wins," by Noel 
Scott, a London physician who 
writes as a side line hob'by. 

Playlet Is made out of the-tliread- 
bare material of a married , nian 
carrying oh a clandestine affair ^w-iiji 
another woman, but it has.ihter'est- 
ing; surprise twists. = Audle^ice liked 
it immensely. 



Foreigners Arrive 

Triana and Avalle, French d;)n- 
cers, arrived in New York yester- 
day (Tuesday). 

Another fox-eign arti.st who can^e 
in with the same boat was Mnie. 
Lily Pans, of the Belgian Knyal 
Opera. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



FOREIGN FILM NEWS 



VARIETY 



British FOm Field 

By Frank Tilley 



London, Feb. 82. 

Much discussion now centers 
ftroUnd tlie prospect o£ a fm-ther up- 
heaval through wide lilni. Novelty 
value of talkers is dying down, but 
two-thirds of the theatres in this 
Held are still unwired, and a large 
proportion of these seem unlikely to 
be able to afford equipment. 

There are around 1,200 second- 
rate houses which would jump if 
someone could evolve a plan to sup- 
ply them with wire terms spread 
over a long period of years. Same 
difficulty is breaking down most of 
the small equipment firms here, who 
cannot continue to finance tliem- 
selves In a business done . without 
cash sales. BuHi of the small exliib- 
itors are getting very anxious a,bout 
their future. 

Qn the Yfide screen point, they 
had come to the conclusion it would 
be around a couple of years before 
there was any positive development, 
but events of the last week may 
change this all around. Feb. 17 Sir 
Oswald Stoll sprang a surprise by 
putting in a wide screen at his 
Kipgsway house on a scale which 
hits everything previously done here 
for a goal. Fills entire proscenium 
opening. Automatic mask, invented 
by M. Coverdale of the Alhambra, 
working on the principle of spring 
blinds, fli«s back, uncovering tlie big 
screen. Lens change is actomatic 
and on one projector, no changeover. 
Tills is different than handled in the 
States, a changeover being neces- 
sary on your side. Switch bade to 
ordinary wide screen operates same 
way. 

Two enlargements are being used 
oh a Cherry Kearton animal feature, 
"Tembl," this week, and are expect- 
*;d to be used on a talker next week 
as- with no need to change over, 
which makes it possible to run 
straiglit on with the film, no disk 
synchronization difliculty is pre- 
sented. 

Lenses and their automatic change 
are the result of adaptation here of 
a principle seen in America by Lin- 
coln and Leslie Stoll when recently 
over there. This was not used for 
fiji^i projection, but was worked over 
here for some weeks by a couple of 
the Stoll engineers for picture use. 
Regal theatre, using a magnifying 
lend for the last sequence of "Gold 
Diiirgers," has followed Stoll and 
puts in a full proscenium screen 
Feb. 27, opening with "Sally" (FN). 
They are using a larger screen with 
a Tayloj'-Hobson lens on the pro- 
jector lor general showing and add- 
ing a further magnification for the 
full screen. Regal, however, is 



working on two projectors, one for 
the larper-than-standard i)roje,ction 
and another for the super-magnifi- 
cation. 

Stoll is understood to be putting 
his full opening screen through his 
circuit, together with the actomatic 
lens change. He will be running 
wide screen pictures as a general 
rule long before any of the wide film 
pictures are here. 



A Bi-Lingual 

To Gainsborough and Jacqueline 
Logan goes the credit of throwing 
the first talker in American and 
English. Producers say they find 
Jacqueline's accent not likely to 
suit native audiences, so they have 
put in Benita Hume, playing the 
part in the stage version of "Sym- 
phony in Two Flats," for this mar- 
ket, and are making over the se- 
quences for the American negative 
with Miss Logan. 

Diflicult to see yet the future of 
this producing, company. Michael 
Balcon is ill and W. J. Gell, general 
manager of the Gaumont Company, 
and Simon Rowson, head of Ideal, 
have gone on the board of Gains- 
borough. It is believed the idea of 
putting production into one unit is 
favored by Gaumont-British, which 
is at present working with two, the 
Gaumont studios at Shepherds 
Bush and .Gainsborough. 

Whole of the Gaumont-British 
organization will shortly be located 
in Film House, instead of being de- 
centralized as it is at present In 
half a dozen locations. Looks like 
there will then be some axe Avork, 
with duplicated departments, caused 
through taking into the corporation 
several distribution and producing 
concerns. 



Critics Changes 

Walter Mutch walked out on 
"Daily Chronicle" Feb. 20. Working 
up for it some time, his account be- 
ing "Chronicle" wanted a film critic 
who would solicit ads, and he was 
given the choice of working this 
wiy or stepping out. 

Changes likely In other quarters, 
too, through critics believing them- 
selves as arbiters of artistic stand- 
ards. 

George Atkinson, of the "Ex- 
press," says "there is, broadly 
.speaking, a gap of about two years 
between the critic and the men who 
choose the films that the public 
sees." But he doesn't say which 
way the gap is^ except by going on 
"tlie booking manager shapes his 
course by what was a boxoffice suc- 
(Continued on page 44) 




SOUND JUMPS RECEIPTS 
40 TO m IN FRANCE 



Paris, Feb. 24. 

An Increase of about 40% in Paris 
and 80% in the provinces Is shown 
in the gross takings for January. 
1930, compared to the same month 
a year ago. Against these figures, 
for the same period, a slight de- 
crease In receipts is noticeable in 
the silent houses, not including 
"shooting galleries." 

Wiring of theatres Is proceeding, 
but exhibitors expi'ess some fear as 
to their ability to get sufficient 
product. Most retain the old at- 
titude of mind of 52 changes yearly, 
whereas sound is holding some pic- 
tures in houses for several weeks. 



BENNY ROSS 

Says 

"Still with Winnie Lightner . . . 
and it's a pleasure, truly one of 
Warner's greatest stars. , See her 
and you'll know why." 

Tliis week at the Stanley,' Jersey 
City. 

And as for me, I'm still mastering 
the ceremonies. 



GERMAN EXHIB ASS'N 
BEGS FOR SILENT FILMS 



Berlin, Feb. 22. 

National Association of German 
E.xhibitors has Issued an appeal to 
the Independent Gerinan picture 
manufacturers begging them not to 
stop producing first class silents. 

The broadside begins by stating 
that the talker has not proved a 
drawing card as had been expected. 
As soon as audiences have satisfied 
their curiosity they- prefer to attend 
silents. Furthermore, the rentals 
and costs of installment of sound 
equipment are far too high. The 
appeal also says that the organiza- 
tion, is ready to guarantee that its 
members will be gled to sign es- 
pecially favorable contracts with 
disti'ibutors who can show that they 
are going to give preference to si- 
lents. 



Public Insists Upon 
3 Hr. and 15 Mins. Shows 



The Hague, Feb. 21. 

The managers of the two impor- 
tant local picture houses, Asta and 
V. F. A., have been trying to do 
away with the long shows their au- 
diences insist on) but have been un- 
successful. 

Shows last from eight to 11:1b, 
comprising overture, foreign n6ws- 
reels, local newsreels, comedy, a 
short sound film, a stagfe act, half- 
hour intermission and then the fea- 
ture. ' ■ , 

Managers would gladly do away 
with catering to the bar revenue 
during intermission if they could 
give two short shows instead of one 
long one, but the public will not 
have it. Besides these two big the- 
atres there are about a dozen small 
ones giving two evening perform- 
ances, seven to nine, and nine to 
11. All theatres have one matinee 
daily, and on Sunday afternoons 
play a grind. 

.Introduction by UFA of Klangfllm 
orchestral numbers (shorts) were 
unsuccessful, being very blujred. 



Sequel for ''AtlanHc"; 
Kortner in ''Jew Suss" 



Berlin, Feb. 22. 
E. A. " Dupont's "Atlantic" was 
such a success that he has decided 
to follow it up with a sequel to be 
ca.lled "The Survivors." It will pic- 
tUte the fate of several passengers 
oif the sinking ship. 
, Fritz ICorther, maJLe lead of "At- 
lantic," will next do a starring ver- 
sion of "Jew - Suss," published as 
"Power" in the States. 



"Escape" in England 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Radio has bought the screen 
rights to "Escape." 

Talker is believed for production 
In England with Hazel Deane in 
the load. 



Now Describe Ufa as 
Klangfibn Subsidiary 



Berlin, Feb. 22. 

Here, as in America, the big pic- 
ture companies are getting to be 
subsidiaries of the electrical firms. 
It is generally known that UFA's 
chief creditor is now the Klang- 
fllm organization, which Is backed 
by Siemens and Halske. UFA'S 
debts to the equipment organiza- 
tion are estimated anywhere up to 
30,000,000 marks.. . . - • 

If for any reason the present 
management of UFA should not be 
able to carry on, there is no doubt 
that Klangfllm would have to take 
over the company. 

UFA has gone in whole hog for 
sound, with not a single silent 
scheduled. 



IT'S BERLIN MEETING 

Paris, Feb. 22. 
Unlike the other foreign repre- 
sentatives of American distributors. 
Universal Isn't bringing its foreign 
staff to the States but again will 
probably meet In Berlin some time 
in April. 

U's foreign manager, Mannheim, 
comes over in April and Alexandre 
Stein, French head, may go back 
with him for a short visit. 



MUSICALLY DUBBED 

Culver City, March 4. 

M-G's "The Cossack," starring 
John Gilbert and released two years 
ago. Is being mu.slcally dubbed for 
distribution in European territory 
where the silent did not play. 

Chorus of 32 Russians has been 
engaged to sing ensemble numbers. 



Spanish- American Congress 

Madrid, Feb. 21. 

A Spanish -American film con- 
gress will take place here, patron- 
ized by the government and the 
Press Association. 

Silents and talkers will be repre- 
sented, but no definite dale has yet 
been sell led. 



Germany Bars Film After 
Letting It Run 6 Weeks 

Berlin, Feb. 22, 
"Diary of a Lost Soul," has been 
definitely prohibited by the national 
censor. Film Industry la particu- 
larly enraged oyer the fact that 
the picture was allowed to be shown 
in several cities and then put on 
the taboo list six weeks after its 
premiere. Only objection against 
It could be that a prostitute Is 
treated with forbearence and the 
hypocrisy ' of the ordinary middle 
class citizen is scored. It was direct- 
ed by G. W. Pabst with the leading 
part played by the American, Louise 
Brooks. 



Film with Schmeling 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 

Max Glass, formerly supervisor 
of production for Terra, has re- 
turned to that organization In the 
same capacity. Firm Is now af- 
filiated with United Artists, but the 
nevertheless, only been turning out 
Inexpensive pictures of late. 

Return of Glass was a aalvage. 
His first move was to engage Max 
Schmellng for an all dialog picture, 
"Love in the Ring." " 



HAMBUBG HOUSE 0. K. 

Ferlin, Feb. 22. 

Ufa's new theatre in Hamburg Is 
doing very well. It seats 2,500. 

Owing to the capacity house has 
been able to lower prices, consider- 
ably annoying the other . theatres. 
Seats can be had for as low as a 
mark, and the smaller theatres In 
the district begin with a mark 20. 



Polish Tenor's Film 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 

Jan Kiepura, well known Polish 
tenor, has been engaged for a talker 
here. It is to be called "The Singing 
City" and will be directed by the 
Italian, Carmine Gallone. 

There will be four versions, Ger- 
man, English, French, and Italian, 



Columbia in Spain 
Deal has teen closed with Rena- 
cimlento Films, of Madrid, for dis- 
tribution of Columbia product In 
Spain and Portugal, 



Midland Midwesco Can 
Be Had Up to 50% Each 



Reports from Los Angeles say 
that Fox West Coast has submitted 
a proposal In a chain direction or 
so of 50% of its Midland (Kans.- 
Mci,) theatre holdings and Midwesco 
(Wisconsin). 

This is said to be a submission 
through Harold B. Franklin. About 
110 theatres are involved, nearly all 
of the class B or lesser grades. 

No acceptance report is connected 
with the story. 



1,400 Frames a Second 



Berlin, Feb. 22. 
Famous Zeiss Ikon factory, at 
Pena, is bringing out a new slow 
motion camera which has been per- 
fected by Dr. Joachim. It is a sim- 
ple, compact camera which can be 
used anywhere. 

Old cameras driven by a motor 
never could take more than 600 pic- 
tures per second, while the Zeiss 
apparatus can take as high as 1,400. 



Bow's French Double 
In Operetta's Versions 

Paris, Feb. 22. 
Expecting her extreme likeness to 
HSl^ra Bow to make her popular In 
America, Leonce Perret has cast 
Mireille Perrey, French actress, in 
both the English and French ver- 
sions of "Arthur," operetta, when 
he produces It as a sound film. Miss 
P^rrey's English is as fluent as her 
French. 

Original French cast of the oper- 
etta will do the French film ver- 
sion, American actors to support 
In English. 

Film will bze made during the 
summer months at Juan les Pins, 
where the action Is staged. 



Winston in Charge of 
English Versions for UFA 

. Berlin, Feb, 22. 

Carl Winston, who came over with 
his brother, Samuel, as scenarist 
for Joseph von Sternberg, has been 
engaged by Ufa to supervise all 
English versions. 

His first work wus on Erich Pom- 
mer's "The Chauffeur Prince," now 
ready In a complete English ver- 
sion. He then goes on "The Last 
Company," with Conradt Veldt, 
which will have to be synchronized 
with English dialog. 



AUSTRALIA'S CENSORS 

■ Washington, March 4. 

New censorship board of Aus- 
tralia has several appointments 
that surprised the trade, says Trade 
Commissioner Baldwin, Sydney, in 
report to Commerce Department. 

Appointments are for 12 months 
and are as follows: Censor board — • 
W. C. O'Reilly, chief; Col. Murley 
and Gwendoline Hanson; appeal 
board — Prof, J, LeG. BrereXon, 
chairman; J. V. Gould and Mrs. 
Mary Gllmore, 

O'Reilly and Col. Hurley are re- 
appointments. Mrs. Hanson suc- 
ceeds Mrs. Glencross. 



TAUBER'S FOUR . 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 
Richard Tauber, singer, who.se 
first picture was "I Don't Believe In 
Women," announces that Tauber 
Talker Company, Ltd., has engaged 
him for four productions to be com- 
pleted within two years, 

Max Rclchmann, who directed the 
first, will repeat. 



Par. and Metro 
May Do Foreign 
Versions Abroad 



Holywood, March 24. 

Both Paramount and Metro ara 
playing with the idea of making 
foreign versions abroad. Accord- 
ing to the story. Par. is more sold 
on the Idea than Metro at present. 

Reason Is that the companies fig- 
ure they can secure bettor casts 
and at less expense over there than 
by the original plan which would 
bring the players here. 

It is thought that if the plan goes, 
through the English scripts will ba 
sent abroad for translation and sim-. 
ultaneous production on the scene 
desired. No intention to switch any 
production on Spanish talkers from 
the local base, studios figuring the 
proximity of the South Americaa 
republics to obtain talent at a rea- 
sonable cost. 



U. S. FILMS 4Sfo IN 
FRENCH LAST YEAR 



Washington, March 4. 
- In reviewing . tlie French , Mxn 
market for 1929 statistics compiled 
by Geprge Canty, trad6 commls-; 
sioner, disclose that the U. S. share 
of that market rah to 48.3 per cent. 
This against 53.7 per cent, the year 
previous, 1928. 

Canty's figures clearly disclose 
the results of the recent French 
quota agritatlon. Commencing with 
1924 Canty shows U. S. films as 
numbering 589. From that year the 
decline is as follows: — 192D — 577, 
'26—444, '27—368, '28—313, '29—211. 
Germany correspondingly Increased 
on U. S. films. 

France's own production went 
down. 1924 discloses France with 
68 features, then 73 In 1925, 65 in 
'26, 74 in '27, 94 in '28 and a 4^ per 
cent, drop to 52 In '29. 



Backstage Noises for 
Film Hissed and Hooted 



Prague, Feb. 20. 

German sound filnr, "The 12 Rob- 
bers of the Volga," produced In 
Berlin chiefly with a Russian cast, 
Is enjoying a big run here at the 
Avion. It failed at the Redouto 
theatre, Bratlsslava (Prcssburg), 
Slovakia. 

Paradoxical situation Is due to 
the provincial theatre's Inferior 
manner of sound presentation. It 
ballyhooed "Volga" as the , first 
sound film In that city but crudely 
reproduce^ the effects- from back- 
stage. Film was hissed arid hooted. 



Family Protests Picturing 
King Ludwig on Screen 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 

German branch of Universal may 
produce a picture called "King Lud- 
wig II." Title figure was one of the 
last Bavarian kings who went mad 
and had to be confined. 

Family of Wlttlesbach, of which 
he was a member. Is now objecting 
to the picture and threatening to 
have it stopped on the ground that 
it is harmful to their family honor — 
one of those old German laws which 
have not been annulled. As va- 
rious people still alive would be 
characterized, It Is possible that 
they can stop the picture. 



ADVANCE FOR TALKERS 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 

Deutsche Llchsplel Syndlkat, 
strongest organization of German 
exhibitors, has come out for talkers. 
Many exhibitor associations arc still 
clinging feverishly to the silent. 

This Syndlkat did excellent busi- 
ness last season and Is Increasing 
Its capital from one to two million 
miarks. Of this 600,000 marks Is be- 
ing given to Tobis as an advance. 
In other words^ Tobls now owns 
25% of the organization. 



BRAZILIAN GIRL STARRING 

Los Angeles, March 4. 
Lia Tora, Brazilian actress, will 
be starred In three all Spanish 
talkers by Brazilian Southern Cross 
Plct, 

Piclurf'H to be made at Tec- Art 
studios. 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Big FOm Cos. Now Worrying Over 
Booking Protection-General Unrest 
Throughout Industry on Situation 



Producer-distributors, wilh arbi- 
tration out, are seriously aJarmed 
over what theatre date protection, 
its violation, and possible leeral ac- 
tion to test the legality of the prac- 
tice, may bring. That the distribs 
may have to sit on another sharp 
tack is feared. 

Since arbitration and tho .stand- 
;ird exhibition contract were put out 
<if existence, considerable unrest has 
<levelopcd in all quarters of the in- 
dustry over the much-maligned 
trade practice, booking protection. 
Complaints against protection plus 
ilemands and murmurs of trouble 
are increasing daily. Big chains 
are starting to fight among them- 
selves over what they , consider un- 
reasonable time and area restric- 
tions. 

The expression voiced that only 
through the return of arbitration 
will the matter of protection be 
brought under control serves as an 
indication of what the Thacher 
decree is doing, to the ■ Industry, in 
directions _ other than arbitration. 
Protection is the system under 
which one theatre has to wait un- 
til a competitor, given protection, 
has played a picture. 

Violations 
.Reported that there are many 
violations of protection on record 
.since the upset of arbitration. 
Within the past month the extent 
of trouble over protection has in- 
creased to the point where a. real 
problem exists. The seriousness of 
the situation is emphasized by the 
lact that there is no remedy. Where 
arbitration proceedings were form- 
erly invoked on complaints over 
protection, witlji action Inside of 
42 hours possible, now the com- 
l>lalning parties are forced to go 
lo the courts. 

It is- admitted that It's a question 
whether protection is legal to begin 
with. One of the producer-distrib 
leaders recently •■ discussed the 
matter unofllcially with a Senator. 
The lattei''s viewpoint, it was said, 
was that protection as pracitced In 
the picture industry, was so illegal 
it is remarkable It has existed this 
long. The Thacheri decree, with 
arbitration removed as the "pro^ 
tectlve" wing under which the prac- 
tice snuggled, opened the way for 
;ittacks from all quarters. 

200 Mile Area 
One big chain, playing tlie prod 
uct of a competitor, claims that 
protection for 200 milCs around is 
demanded in some spots, and that 
there Is bound to be trouble if this 
continues. Outside of protection, 
these two producer-distributors 
• (both- with chains) are on .the 
friendliest of terms. 

It is argued that on time 30 days, 
at the most, should bo reasonable 
protection. But the cases are le- 
■ .i,'Ion, it is claimed, where 60 and 
ftven 90 days is demanded. The 
attitude of the exhibitor (or even 
the chain where it feels it has a 
legitimate squawk) Is that the first 
run is fully protected by 30 days, 
hut if the second run and subse- 
quent runs have to wait CO or 90 
<lays the picture is killed. Between 
runs, 16 days should be a fair pro- 
tection it Is Insisted in some quar- 
ters. 

An arbitration export who has sat 
in on hundreds of cases , tried be- 
fore Film Boairds of Ti-ade and in 
the courts, says that so much trou- 
ble is arising over protection now 
that the problem is far more serious 
than most in the industy realize. 
.Some of the big distribs agree that 
in protection they've got a battle 
ahead that may not be aiiy too 
rosy. • 

The Independent exhib Is again 
in the tightest spot. He is almost 
lielpless if running up against 
trouble on protection. 

Paramount's Contentions 

^Paramount's attitude is that it 
must not permit big bxiying power,, 
with chains now ruling the in- 
iMistry, to choke off the small exhib. 
Ill the rrieantime, however, Par and 
other companies aro placed in an 
unpleasant position with the storm 
starting to brew over this feature 
of the business. 

S. R. Kent believes that with ar-* 
iiitratlon and the contract now out, 
protection will have to he taken up 
individually between the dlstrbutor 



Short Holds Over 



Toledo, March .4. 
"The Benefit," Joe Frisco 
• Vitaphone short, was held for 
a second week at the "Vita 
Temple, although the feature 
was changed. 

First .holdover of a short in 
a weekly change house here. 



and the exhib. Paramount's gen- 
eral manager is proceeding on the 
theory that .every case must be 
governed individually by circum- 
stances, opposition, etc. This may 
mean an easing up of demands 
throughout the entire country by 
this distributor as well as" a:ny 
others who choose to follow the 
same policy. 

Under the new Par contract, 
which includes a compulsoi'y ar- 
bitration clause, any trouble aris- 
ing over protection after Par has 
made deals ostensibly satisfactory 
to the exhib would doubtless be 
handled as formerly, but whether 
the Paramount contract is prac- 
tical and will stand is not entirely 
definite. Changes may be made 
after the contract has been put to 
a test, it is understood. It was 
written several weeks ago with the 
long arbitration clause worked out 
at that time, but it has not yet 
been used, it is said. 

While the compulsory arbitral 
clause in the Par agreement is de- 
signed to cover complaints of all 
characters, Including • those on pro- 
tection, the difficulties on this phase 
of picture selling will likely be en- 
countered mainly in the negotia- 
tions relative to protection before 
the contract is closed. 

From Indications other com- 
panies are waiting to see what re- 
sults from thie use of the Par con- 
tract before they. Individually, 
frame their own to cover arbitra- 
tion, protection, and other questions. 

Meanwhile, some complaining 
cliques of exhibs, backed by local 
or state organizations, may take 
action in forcing a test case on the 
legality of protecting as now prac 
ticed. The M. P. T. O. of N. J. has 
threatened such action. 



Altoona, March 4. 

Number of exhibitors in local ter 
I'ltory have been caught in a wave 
of unusual activity on the part of 
agents oC the Federal copyright. bu- 
reau. As a result they've tightened 
up in their use of films. 

One exhibitor here had a contract 
calling for two days in one house 
Instead he used it once in his local 
house and the second day at his the 
atre in an adjoining town, report- 
edly on the assurance of ^he film 
agent that there would be no 
trouble. Instead, he was taken on 
a federal charge. 



AIMEE'S $148,380 SUITS 

Hollywood, . March 4. 

Aimee Semple MacPhersoh is de- 
fendant in Superior Court on two 
suits aggregating $148,000. 

One for $5,000 is filed by Harold 
H. Simpson, scenario writer, wno 
alleges he was hired but not paid 
to write a picture for Mrs. Mac- 
Pherson's stan-ing. Other suit Is 
filed by Ralph B. Jordon, formerly 
business agent for the evangelist. 
It hinges on a real estate deal. 




mmmikm 



VENETIAN BMJL 



MIAMI HIGHLIGHT 

The magnificent VENETIAN 
COSTUME BALL is the highlight 
of the Miami season. 

Its elaborateness, the gorgeous 
costunies, tlie unusual entertain- 
ment, all make this brilliant affair 
the most spectacular event of any 
winter social program. 

This year a famous MEYER 
DAVIS ORCHESTRA was the mu- 
sical attraction, especially for 
dancing. 



NOPARtWARNER 
DEAL DESPITE 
QUOTATIONS 



Through Paramount and Warners 
running quite close in market quo- 
tations for the past 10 days or so 
reports have been' revived of a pos- 
sible deal between the two. Well 
informed sources deny any such 
likelihood at the present time. 

It is not certain that the Ras- 
kob or DuPont Interests have lately 
bought heavily Into Warners. A 
more authenticated report is that 
an undercover brokerage firm for 
big railroad operators has been the 
Warner purchaser. 

This firm with its main office not 
in New York city is said to have se- 
cured a Warner block of 300,000 
shares. This lot for the most, it is 
reported, came from . the Warner 
brothers' holdings. Price is not men- 
tioned. 



Mob Staff Off 



PROBE HAYS' ATTACK 

Indianapolis, March 4. 
Investigation of an attack on' 
Will Hays and- the film industry has 
been Inaugurated by the Indiana 
Crime Commission at the request of 
Gov. Leslie. Pamphlets reprinted 
from "Chi'lstian Century" maga- 
zine were sent to the commission. 

What the state body intends do- 
ing about it is not Ichown. 



Financial Lunch 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Joseph P. Kennedy entertained at 
luncheon yesterday (Monday) Elish 
Walker, president of Blair Trans- 
America Company, and some 20 
others. 

Host of the guests have inter- 
locking financial interests wilh 
Walker. 



Hollywood, March 4. 
Extras found the calls nearly as 
scarce last week as they were in 
January. Placements suddenly 
slumped to 3,763 for the week to 
March 1, Or 64% of the 1929 average 
activity. 

Slump is considered temporary 
ande due to some producers laying 
low during the state and county 
taxing period, 

. Few outstanding sets from mob 
viewpoint. W. J. Craft had 13;i peo- 
ple working in a cafe scene for 
"Czar of Broadway" (U). New York 
theatre set, with 120 wearing cos- 
tumes of the '90*s, used by Alan 
Crosland for "Viennese Nights" 
(WB). Harry D'Arrast took a crowd 
of 185 to the Mldwick Country Club 
for an English cricket game for 
"Raffles" (Goldwyn). 



CANINE MYSTEEY 

Culver City, March 4. 

As a satire on the S. S. Van Dine 
mytery yarns, MG is pushing prep- 
arations for making "The Dogville 
Murder Mystery" with its troupe of 
trained dogs. 

To insure satirical Intention, MG 
will advertise it as being authored 
by Fido Van Dyne. 



ZVKOS-WABNER DINNER 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Joe Toplitsky tomorrow (Wednes- 
day) will tender a dinner at the 
Bernheimer estate Jointly in honor 
of Adolph Zukor, who is leaving 
the Coast, and Harry M, Warner, 
who has just arrived. 

About 200 guests have been in- 
vited. .- . 



1ST PEMME ASS'T DIRECTOR 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Another studio craft to be in- 
vaded by the feminine sex is that 
of assistant director.- 

Winifred Laurence has estab- 
lished the precedent by becoming 
assistant to Fred Zelnlk of the for- 
eign ver.'«ions department' at Radio. 



Coast Producers Meet on Gyp Agents; 
Also Take Up Matter of Rehearsals 



And the Barbers— 



Hollywood, March 4. 
Two show people talking 
over the Fox matter in the 
club car's barber shop on the 
Transcontinental Overland 
were interrupted by the barber. 

"Oh, Fox!" he said. "I have 
just received a letter from Mr. 
.Fox asking for my proxy." 



FOUR CONTRACT 
FORMS FOR U 



Universal lias at the printers this 
week four forms of contracts, more 
than any other producer in the 
field. The Laemmle organization, it 
is stated, doesn't want to take any 
chances with Judge Thacher's de- 
cree against standardization or col- 
lective uniformity. 

Form No.. 1 provides for. the adr 
vance deposit. This is for the ex- 
hib who is revolutionary to all 
things arbitral. The second edition 
is one providing for voluntary ar- 
bitration. No. 3 specifies a propo- 
sition whereby the • exhib doesn't 
have to worry about advance pay- 
ments or get-togethers. This reads 
like a loan, providing for weekly 
payments. The last formult. is 
called "a complete service con- 
tract." Owners who sign this take 
everything that U turns out, from 
singers to cartoons. This form is 
particularly necessary for U be- 
cause some of its executives claim 
the company also makes serials. 

On the arbitration angle. Univer- 
sal men aSsert that the company is 
very generous. The buyer, in case 
of a dispute, has the option of nam 
ing his own representation on the 
board. 



lATSE CONVENTION JUNE 3 



Set for Hotel Alexander, L. A. — 
Around 1,000 Delegates Expected 



Los Angeles, March 4. 

While here last week William F. 
Canavan, president of the lATSE 
(stage hands union) and Richard 
Gr^en, of the same organization, 
agreed upon the Hotel Alexandria 
here as the place of meeting for 
their convention, starting June 3. 
The gatherings will be held in the 
hotel's Rose Room." 

About 1,000 delegates are . ex- 
pected. Together with those of the 
dallies coming along, there will be 
2,500 or more attracted by the con- 
vention. Preliminary executive 
meetings "will start Mdy 24 at the 
same hotel. 



Chaney's U Suit 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Lon Chaney, through his attorney, 
Milton Cohen, is expected this week 
to file suit against Universal for 
$70,000 damages. Actor alleges the 
remake on "Phantom of the Opera" 
gives the public the Impi-ession he 
is talking and has injured him ma- 
terially. 



FINEMAN WEST AGAIN 

According to present plans Bernie 
Fineman will leave for the Coast 
in about two weeks at the conclu- 
sion of "Dangerous Dan McGrew" 
at ; the Long Island Paramount 
studio. 

Fineman has acted as associate 
producer on this one since returning 
from Europe. 



ALICE WHITE'S WEDDING 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Alice White left here Saturday 
for Chicago with it rpported that 
lipon her arrival there she will 
marry Sid Bartlett. 

Latter has been,, acting as her 
personal representative for the past 
six months. 



PILM PUTS .OFF WEDDING . 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Alice Day's marriage, set for 
April 9, is postponed because of her 
ongagement for ""^'iennese Nights" 
(WB). 

Grooni-tf). he, Jm-k rolu n, not in 
favor of it hut lie'll w.-iit. 



Hollywood, ^larch 4. 

Executive Committee of the. Pro- 
ducers'- Association met yesterday 
(Monday) and took up the matter 
of agents doing business with stu- 
dios. Specifically the producers 
want to know about and curtail 
high-handed and arrogant methods. 

Mike Levee, of Paramount, and 
Eddie Marinix, of Metro, were ap- 
pointed a subcommittee to confer 
with J. J. Murdock and Fred Beeson 
(Hays), with a view to finding the 
facts and considering some course 
of action to be submitted later to 
a general meeting for decision. 

General feeling is that some form 
of enfranchisement will be adopted, 
with the bad boys frozen out. 

Following on the heels of the pro- 
ducers, the State Labor Bureau 13 
checking up on agents doing busi- 
ness here for the purpose of as- 
certaining what Illegal methods 
some of them 'have employed in 
the past. 

According to the records of the 
bureau there are some 56 agencies 
licensed to operate, with the belief 
of the inspectors from that office 
that some 100 more are 'operating 
without official sanction. 

As license time is due - April 1, 
the inspectors are checking busi- 
ness methods of those who have 
not been licensed to date. When 
their applications come along, it is 
understood recommendations will be 
made to refuse the request. These 
recommendatfons will not alone be 
submitted to the labor commission- 
er, but also to the police commis- 
sion which must jointly approve 
and license all employment agencies. 

Many of the agencies are not us- 
ing the word "agency" on statlon- 
rey or in advertising matter. They 
were summoned before the com- 
mission and Instructed that further 
Violation would bring about suit for 
a penalty of $100 for each such 
violation. 

Rehearsing Problem 

At the same producers' meeting 
the matter of actors rehearsing was 
pondered. As under the new studio 
contract an actor Is subject to call 
for rehearsal 48 hours before due to 
actually start work. Studios have 
desired to rehearse actors whose 
parts were small along with others, 
although It is sometimes a matter 
of two or three Aveeks before the 
small part people are called for 
work. 

Meeting decided that it was un- 
fair to the actors to require tliem 
to rehearse with the first group and 
that the 48 hour principle 'should 
be adhered to, as otherwise actors 
might lose opportunities to work 
elsewhere in the interim. 



N. Y. to L. A. 

Bert Hjsnlon. 
James "F. Gillespie 
Richard Fall. . 
Charles R. Rcger."5. 
Irene Delroy 
Lee Marcus 
Wm. Le Baron 
A. P. Waxman 
Wni. Morris, Jr. 
Murray Fell. 



L. A. to N. Y. 

Frank Goodman. 
J. R. West. 
Adolph Zukor 
Jesse Lasky 
Mary Lewis 
Al Jolson 
Marco 

Walter Wanger 
Joe Cornblcth 
Robert McLaughlin 
Stanley Smith 
Ruth Collier 



12 DAY SCHEDULE 

Hollywood, Marcli 4. 

Production machinery for turning 
out pictures at Radio is running so 
smoothly that the shooting schedule 
on "Second Man" is gonrcd to 32 
shooting days. . 

Story features Lowell Shoi-ntan 
and Alice Joyce. Hugh Hcrbt-rt di- 
recting. 



YEARSLEY RETIRES 

Bill Year.sley, one of the oUh st 
press agents in the film busint'ss, 
is retiring. Ho plans to Hitcni' iho 
greater part of the yciir rarniin^r 
and fi.shing. 

Y(?arsley j-ocoiitly was i>iililiiii y 
dirfctor foi- Worldwide. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



5 OFFERS TO BUY WM. FOX 



Brunswick-Baike Expected by 

Warners as Disk Subsidiary 



Normalcy In the filir. Industry- 
Is marked by the resumption of the 
first big deal since the Wall Street 
dive. 

Warners Monday sent Herman 
Starr, president of its subsidiary, 
First iSTational, and overseer of WB 
music Interests, to Chicago to ar- 
range llnal details for the brothers 
to take, over the .entire Brunswlck- 
Balke-Collender plant. The acqui- 
sition will be of the greatest im- 
portance to the brothers since, it is 
gleaned, it will for the- first tjme 
provide them with a subsidiary 
manufacturing discs. 

Righting of the market is au- 
thoritatively credited with hurry- 
ing the deal. As recently as Janu- 
ary It. was declared by Warner ex- 
ecutives that all material expan- 
sion would be curtailed until prob- 
ably next fall. 

With the second quarterly state- 
ment being issued in April expected 
within the WB organization to 
show earnings of $6,000,000 and with 
the prophecy made that the end of 
1930 it will total $30,000,000 net, it 
is stated Warners is set on Immedi- 
ate expansion! 

That Starr v.'iU close the Bruns- 
wick deal, regarded as one of the 
biggest by the brothers, is freely 
expressed. 

Acquiring the record makers is 
indicated here to further prove the 
brothers' intention of recording ex- 
clusively on disc. Warners is tho 
only big company in the field still 
using, this sound system. The radio 
and phonograph interests of' Bruns- 
wick are regarded secondary. 

Many moves to boom carninfj^ 
and get additional business are now 
on within the organization. Par- 
ticularly are 'these concentrated on 
the theatre end, $75,000 in prizes 
being awarded to district, zone and 
house managers who can average 
the greatest grosses in a stated 
period. 



FARRELL KILLS GOSSIP 
BY CANCEUNG TRIP 



San Francisco, March 4. 

Charlie Farrell beat the gossips 
to the punch here last week when 
ho discovered that Janet Gaynor 
was booked for Honolulu on the 
same boat. Farrell cancelled pas- 
sage an hour before sailing time. 

Discovery that his screen partner 
was to be a passenger came when 
the steamship company's press 
agent casually dropped the remark 
that lie "would have pleasant com- 
pany." Farrell stopped short, re- 
fused to pose for a picture, rushed 
back to his stateroom and ordered 
his bngs ashore. 

Farrell had intended sailing for a 
vacation, but with the trip cold the 
Fox theatre induced him to play a 
week of personal appearances at 
th;U house. 



Stardom Ahead 



Fred Kohlcr and Lila Lee, two of 
the oldest (in experience) perform- 
ers in the picture business, are at 
last set for thrones in the constella- 
tion. 

AN'arners have them under con- 
li-aot and have i.ssuert orders to all 
puhlicity channels to plug them 
lush into the coveted spot. 



Denny Under Contract 
To M-G and Sono-Art 

lU^^lnald iJcnny is the only actor 
Uu'jw ij to be under separate contract 
I') two pocture companies at the 
.sani? lime. 

Denny has made two independent 
ngi-i ements with M-C-M and Sono- 
.\rt. \vh<^r.eljy lie will make five pic- 
tur.'s foij, em-h. Conflict is avoided 
by clau.'ses in the contracts which 
call for Dennj's alternating on the | 
company lots. 



Toplitzky's Luck 



Log Angeles, March 4. 
Joe Toplltzky's race horges 
have been running on the sev- 
eral tracks east and west for 
six years. . But Joe has never 
seen any of his horses win or 
lose. 

ISach time he has set him- 
self to catch a race with a 
Toplitzky horse in it, some- 
thing has turned up to dis- 
arrange his plans. 

The horses continue to. run, 
although Joe has about given 
up hope of ever catching a 
flash of one of them in action. 



COURT REFUSES 
TO DETERMINE 

w. e;s status 



Wilmington, Del., March 4. 

First important decision in the 
belated talker patent litigation fea- 
turing %\'estfrn Fleclric was won by 
DeForest interests when the Fed- 
eral Court liei-e refused to define 
the W. 10. status in th<» talker 
world. DeForest attorneys now 
claim the road is clear for the big 
set-to, on ^\■l>ose patents arc who 
and why, due before the . end of 
this month. 

Already tlic Sclilessinger inter- 
ests liere, which have DeForest 
tied up in a long^contract at $26,000 
yearly and all iTghls to his talker 
patents which are figuring in the 
suit, are counting the egg,*;. Win- 
ning will mean considerable multi- 
plication. 

Decision wliicli has caused the 
Schlessinger jubilation was on a 
motion made ).iy Western Electric 
to have two things tried — wliether 
it wasn't a licensee under certain 
i;)eForest prxtents, and if- so why the 
fracas? On ilie other hand, if the 
court decided "no," then Western 
wanted the right to question 
validity. Court ruled that two such 
trials could save time by fitting 
into the one and .set that on the 
local docket for. Mardi 28. 

Meanwhile, Fat I'owers, has. se- 
cured a long delay for his Cine- 
phone rights in the Philadelphia 
Schlessingcr angle. This action 
should have been tried last week 
but a few motions came up with 
the result that the criminal end 
of the court's duty suddenly came 
around. Sentences won't be all 
handed out until summer so that 
the Cinephone merits wil^ not be 
questioned again until some time 
next fall. 



Marilyn Miller Picture 

May Start Shortly 

With the postponeme^lt of the Flo 
Ziegfeld stage musical for the co- 
starring Marilyn Miller and the As- 
taires, the Warners' next talker for 
Miss Miller may shortly start. 

It is: reported Miss Miller has re- 
quested Jack Warner to move up 
the proposed film production for her. 

The Astalres, Fred and Adele, have 
no immediate show engagements. 
Fred Astaire sailed last week with 
Bob Benchley for a holiday abroad. 

Jack Whiting, Brpadway jiive, 
under a Warner contract, will play 
opposite Miss Jtillpf in her talker. 
Whiting receives $2,000 weekly in 
pictures. 



Marshall, from Opera 

Radio has Fverott Marshall, opera 
star from the Met, under a term 
contract, including options. 

Marshall has done some broad- 
casting for CJeneral ^lotors and Al- 
water K«nt 





E 

PRICE $1!i,000,001 



Not Settled if Head of Fox 
Companies Will Retire 
Under - Any Ending of 
Present Controversy — W. 
R. Sheehan and Sidney R. 
Kent Strongly Mentioned 
in Stories of Realigning 



Shorts Short of Names— Comb Silent 
Field-Former Stars Won't Give In 



BANKERS SPLIT 



Topping all else in the matter of 
the complicated matters of the Fox 
companies is the ever currerit ques- 
tion whether. William Fox will sell 
his own holdings. Mr. Fox is said 
to have set his personal selling 
figur/B at $15,000,000. 

Five bidders are reported in the 
field to buy out Mr. Fox. But three 
have been named. The other two 
ajjpear unknown in the Inside talk. 
The trio - of bidders are the Blair- 
Bancamerica - Lehinan-Dillon- Read 
group, the Halsoy Stuart crowd and 
the Radio Corporation of America. 
The highest- bid by either up to date 
has been reported at $12;500,000 
with the Blalr-Lehman group 
setting that amount. Mr. FoJc is 
said to have rejected it, as he did 
the same offer a few weeks ago. 

Up to last night (Tuesday) a hot 
battle had been waged for Fox vot- 
ing proxies. Blair-Lehman secured 
a running start in that direction, 
aided by William Fox's own re- 
qticsts for proxies from the Fox 
list of 15,000 or so stockholders 
throughout the country. Halsey- 
Stuart made a belated start to 
secure sufficient voting power in the 
Class A stock to offset the opposi- 
tion's try and possibly defeat the 
large majority Class A -votes neces- 
sary at tOdary's (Wednesday) meet- 
ing. 

While reported last week the 
banking interests Involved in the 
Fox affair were growing closei- to- 
gether In a general understanding, 
it is said that last Friday (2H), a. 
3j)lit arose between them." Up to 
Monday that split had widened, al- 
though the expectation Monday 
was that the banking differences, 
not itemized, would be patched up. 
With the $18,000,000 or $20,000,000 
profit in sight for the bankers in 
handling the Fox organization, be- 
sides the steady profit stock oper- 
ators are said' to have made in the 
market on the Fox manipulation, it 
is tliought the banking houses will. 
est(5em the net more highly than 
the disagreement. 

The offers to buy out William Fox 
are i)redicated upon his eventual if 
not immediate retirement as presi- 
dent of both companies. Witb that 
in mind the names of W. R. Sheehan 
and Sidney R. Kent are named as 
successors, but in exactly what 
manner is undefined. Sheehan has 
been the prominent Fox producing 
head. Kent is the general sales 
manager for Paramount and under- 
stood to be with that organization 
under an unexpired contract. Cap- 
abilities of either man in their re- 
spective divisions are without (jues- 
tion in the trade. 

One strong rumor has Sheehan as 
Fox president if William Fox abdi- 
cates. Whether Mr. Fox will do 
that is connected with the limit of 
the bidding for his holdings, from 
the account, with Mr. Fo.\'s set 
amount of $1.=;, 000,000 his first and 
lowest price. 

A'arious statements have bfcn is- 
sued within the week, mostly from 
the William Fox and Hal.scy, Stuart 
sides. In a Halsey-Stuart announce- 
ment contradicting some of the Fox 
statements, it was claimed Afr.. l-'ox 
holds but 8% of the entire outstand- 
ing I-'ox stock. 

Radio and Loew's 

lladio's entrance Into the picture 
is .said to be RCA's desire to own 
and operate Loew's. This has been 
talked about for .some time. While 
reports s^ld Radio wanted T.oew's, 
the same "stories mentioned il'ar- 
(Cantinucd on page 18) 



Adv. Values 



Hollywood, Maxell 4. 

Warners figure radio plug- 
ging is three times as effective 
as newspaper advertising. 

Idea is based on an error In 
an announcement over KFWB 
which drew three times as 
many phone calls as does an 
error in a published ad. 



DIRT IN SHORTS 
INJURIOUS 
SEZ HAYS 



"Dirt in shorts" is injurious to 
the screen, says the Hays ofllce. ■ 

That information has been con- 
veyed to some of the producers in 
New York by former Governor Carl 
E. Milliken, of the General's staff. 

"The dirt," from what the story 
says, that is complained about on 
the screen passes through on the 
vaudeville and musical comedy 
stages without a protest. It is in 
the way of gags, in situation, and 
pieces of business. 

In a short propelled ' on the 
screen these same little bits, un- 
thought of on the stage, appear to 
catch the critical eye of any re- 
forming man or woman about town. 
They hop on and harp against 
tho'se bits until the word of mouth 
reform movement locally is made to 
react against the local theatre 
playing the short as a whole, claims 
Gov. MilUken. 

It is reported -no suggestion was 
made by the Governor in the mat- 
ter, lie had his say this day and 
then retired from the meeting in 
session. 

It left the short producers puz- 
zled. What the acute town's self 
appointed dick might sense as dirt, 
after it had passed through years 
on the stage with nothing but 
laughs greeting it, is something the 
producers can not anticipate, nor 
did Hay's valuable aide inform 
them how that might be done. 



YESSES AND NOES 
ON BUYING DEALS 



M. H. Hoffman told friends Jn 
New York on a recent visit he Is 
organizing interests to take over 
Columbia. 

Hoffman, said to have also 
brought on a backer fi om the coast, 
checked out of the Park Central 
i Hotel and returned to Hollywood 
with intention of furth'.rlnR nego- 
tiations, it was reported. 

Hoffman report was denied the 
same day by .Toe Brandt of Co- 
lumbia, although Hoffman did talk 
to the Columbian execs In New 
York. 

Later in the week another one of 
those rumors about Unlve>'sal, this 
time naming f?ol Lesser on broker- 
.'igf end. was spiked by V{. H. Coch- 
i rane. 



Complamt Comm. 

Hollywood, March 4. 
\ .lean Hersholt, Mitchell Lewis, 
] Monto Blue, Ram Hardy and Ben 
j TJard have been designated by the 
actor.s' branch of the Academy of 
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 
to serve as an actors' complaint 
committee to receive and consider 
charges of injustices made by fellow 
picture actors. 

Their first meeting will be li"ld 
March G. 



A shortage of names for talkinic 
shorts is reported seriously con- 
fronting their ma-.icrs. Is'ames art- 
said- to be the desirable quality tin- 
short producers see' lacking in their 
product, hut the makers fail to de- 
tect any ready supply. This is 
aside from the ever-wanted comedy 
short. 

One source sought, from what 
might be termed the No. 2 picturt- 
nan-iea, developed no talent. This 
field, centering in Hollywood, con- 
tains numberless near has-beens of 
silent film days. Former .pictur*' 
stars and featured players turned 
up their noses and eyebi"ows at the 
suggestion of "going into shorts." 
They could not afford to jeopardize 
their position," the producers were 
advised.. 

"Vaudeville and legit have been 
scanned, but neither show division 
holds sufficient nationally famed 
names to make a search of any 
length necessary. 

Athletes 

Now, in desperation, from the ac- 
count, some of the short maker.s 
have started a hunt for any name 
newspaper-made in the U. S. or 
around the world. Among these ii 
is believed are the headline athletes 
from colleges, the tennis courts, 
baseball, golf, or any sport receiving 
universal type attention. 

Meanwhile, the makers of talking 
shorts have not given up the wish 
that some of the No. 2 film names 
will succumb. This they profess x 
will^ occur when those of the almost 
forgotten silent days on the screen 
realize they are no longer in de- 
mand before the camera. 

Just how long It requires a star 
to appreciate the past Is when past, 
none of the producers will signify. 
One said it must be a long while, as 
talkers are now over two years 
old. 



RKO FINANCIAL REPORT 
2i MILLIONS, NET, '29 



First year's financial statement 
for Radlo-Keith-Orpheum is shortly 
due for announcement. 

It is said the gross profit for the 
year will be slightly under 13,000,000, 
with the net, less Federal taxes, 
around $2,600,000. 

The statement is for the year end- 
ing Dec. 31, 1929. Reports- of earn- 
ings by RKO for this January and 
February ■ are remarkable for Bo 
young a company. For January ii 
is stated the Joint earnings of the 
theatre and picture ends of RKO 
approximated $900,000, with last 
month also making an excellent 
showing. 

These profits in cold weather arc 
lessened somewhat through the - 
RKO theatre chain charging up 
Its annual rentals at 40 weeks. This 
leaves the. summer term for the 
houses without a rent Impost. 



Superviseless Pathe 

Culver City, March 4. 

Pathc's present plan of studio op- 
eration does not Include any spots 
for production supervisors or associ- 
ate producers. All activities at this 
studio, for some time to come, will 
be under the personal supervision 
of P3. E. Derr. 

This makes Pathe playing a lone 
hand without the aid of supervisors 
In the group of local picture plants. 

On Operetta for Par*s 

Non-English Tenor 

" \ 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

Writing trio of . Ed Clarke, Sam 
Coslow and Newell Chase are now 
engaged in writing an original ori- 
orctta to serve as a frame for Nino 
Martini, Italian importation for 
Paran.ount. 

Tenor docs not speak English and 
the tusk of building a story around 
him for American cons.i.mptlon i.- 
haiiding the writ/"'rs hea^laches^ 



10 



VARIETY 



P I C T U R E S 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Amusement Leaders Up a Bit; 
Fox Performs Its Own Air Circus; 
Group Bull Propaganda Plentiful 



Getting it down to statistics the 
main amusement issues traded In 
on the Stock KxohanRe pained an 
ngKi'egate of about 8 points yester- 
day in relatively active turnover. 
Picture looked li^c a considerable 
improvement over the recession of 
the week before, but action was 
nothing to give three cheers about. 

]^act seems to be that the bulls 
are not ready to turn loose their 
big fireworks while the con-imoditiGs\ 
markets are doing tail spins. How- 
ever, tlioy seem to be disposed to 
stage minor demonstration.^ when- 
ever products markets do well. 

Yesterday's scenario was rather 
complicated by operations in Fox. 
Stock started just over 33, about 
Tinchanged from the i-revlous close. 
Around noon, when the contending 
parlies met In court somebody 
staged a spectacular demonstration 
on the ticker. Stock w.ns worked 
around in long strings ;ind moved 
from 33 to 37. 

Selling in Times Square 

At the top the Times Square 
coterie seemed to sense there was 
, something phoney about the whole 
business and began to sell against 
the advance. Ket result seemed to 
be that the selling was more as- 
.sured than the bull operation and 
the stock closed about midway be- 
tween high and low for the day, a 
Htalemate for the session. Ticker 
cai-rled details of the Hnlsey, Stuart 
proposal for substitution of an Is- 
sue of common instead of the Leh- 
man preferred stock idea.. Imme- 
diate reaction was that the Halpey, 
Stuart plan looked not so good for 
the "A" stockholders. 

Warner acted well ■ and so. did 
Paramount, and with these two 
trade leaders In thi ascendancy, 
bulls on the group ^.•cre content. 
Warner, by the way, is the subject 
of sensational reports, ba."3ed on its 
reputed sponsorship. . Theatre 
lOqulpment made a. .striking x-ecov- 
ery following Its dip below 44. Stock 
lias a good following in the upto\vn 
talent. rlKO also was active dur- 
ing the. demonstration in Fox. Ap- 
l^arently it.s backers used strength 
in Fox to draw attention. That has 
happened several tlme.i. 

Eastman Kodak was outslandingr, 
going to. a- new top at 222. 

Warner Tops 1929 

. Amusement shares during the 
•week gave an exceedingly good ac- 
count of themselves, going a long 
•way to confirm the general belief 
that strong pools are behind the 
loaders and prepared to mark prices 
up. 

AVhile the rest of the Industrial 
list was .making .progress last week 
the theatre stocks got into new high 
ground for the year. In one. case — 
Warner Bros. — marked up a new 
peak over the top reached at the 
climax of last year's bull market, 

Wai'iiers . made Its top Monday 
Just before tlie recession of that day, 
going; to, 69%, or. nearly five points 
above its best of 1929 just after the 
two-for-one split uPr when lit got to 
G4>^; rt was the- bullish.- perform- 
ance of Warners that helped the 
whole group except Fox, idea being 
that the same favorable aspect of 
Warner current earnings appll-os In 
varying degrees to the otters. 

Warner statement for the final 
quarter of last year is due in a few 
days, and it is reported will show 
not at a rate to promise a total for 
the entire year of about $S a share. 
Whether the story was inspired or 
just grew up, as those thing.? do on 
the Street, It got around that diroc- 
to:-s had under consideration moving 
th; dividend rate up to $') Instead of 
the current $4. 

Industry Healthy 

Paramount has just increased its 
rate from $3 to $4, and generally the 
picture industry looks in Its bu.sl- 
noss liackground about as good as 
any group in the whole market at 
this stage of the recovery J"rom last 
year's ornsli. Discussion of advis- 
ability of a higher rate for Warner 



Yesterday's Prices 



Snips. 
J.OUO 

;(oo 

.-..liOO 
10.700 
178,000 
40,000 
700 
01,300 



Leading Amusements 

Net 

IIlBh. Low. I.,ast. ChBC 
Con.s. v.. 21% 20</i + % 

Do pf.. aS'A 1'3'A ■■iSVi 
Ji-ojc ..... .10% m>A. .35% 4-1% 

Gen. The. -JO 43'^ +1% 
Loew ... 70% U0% 70 -f- % 

Par 09 07% OS'A + % 

RCA,.... 50% 4714 41)% -1-1% 
RKO .... 32 30% 31% + % 

.Sliu. 12 1\M 12 — H 

W. B..,. 08% 07y* 08 + % 



revealed mixed ideas. Rate of earn- 
ings undoubtedly justifies a gener- 
ous treatment of stockholders, but 
trading view inclines to the idea that 
brilliant income statcm-cnt is bound 
to be reflected on the ticket any way 
and it would be the better tactics 
in the long run for the company to 
leave the rate alone, building up a 
substantial backlog of cash surplus 
while the getting was good. ■ 

'Par Close to 70 -■ 

Others to go into new high levels 
were Paramount at 69% late last 
week, and holding close to that fig- 
ure in the face •f heavy profit tak- 
ing that came in Monday, and Loew, 
which broke through . 70 on the up- 
side and. held close to its best •«\'hen 
realizing came along. 

All three of these Issues have 
gone quite a long way on the re- 
covery since the November bottom, 
and the facility with T^hlch their 
backers maintain their gains while 
the usual trailers realize paper gains 
speaks volumes for their confidence 
in the future. As a sample of the 
class of backiug supposed to be be- 
hind the amusements in their cmv 
ment moves, John J. Raskob is open- 
ly cited as one of the factors behind 
the market fortunes of Warner 
Bros., with repetitions of the old 
stories of duPont AVllmington in- 
terests further back. 

Despite developments that might 
easily have worked against It in a 
serious • way. Fox. held close to 
around 33, at which price apparently 
it is seeking to find a level for the 
long pull,. Enthusiastic speculation 
either way has riearly disa]^peared. 
The bankers' plan, which calls for 
putting out new stock at "not less 
than 20," chills bullish enthusiasm, 
while at .recent levels there isn't 
much incentive for the bulls to Sell 
the stock for a turn. 

Wall street appears to have ac- 
cepted the view that the Banc- 
america-Tjehman-Dillon-Read plan 
will go tlirough sooner or later, and 
market operations reflect moderate 
satisfaction with that plan. Pretty 
much all the outside long account of 
old standing appears to have been' 
liquidated- by now — at least a.11 of it 
that is likely to be liquidated — and 
the company seems to be in a way 
to find its level as a going concern 
that promises in the course of time 
to work out its own salvation. 

■ Gen. Theatres Tip 

General Theatre Equipment was 
tipped from downtown for a new 
adventure into higher territory un- 
der pffol oiieration. It appeared to 
conclude one" phase of its move- 
ment at a toi> of 49, reacting dur- 
iiig last week's technical setback to 
ai'ound 42- where it got support. 
Monday ' it had rccovertd to 45, 
when -the new recession came along. 
Seemed then to be supporting or 
ders Just under 44. Success of the 
fii'st grandeur wide angle film two 
weeks ago was used to steam up the 
ticker fraternity. More product of 
high quality is said to be near mar- 
keting when it would be natural to 
look for a resumption of the drive. 

Radio-Keith appeared to be hang- 
ing fire. At the worst of the set- 
back it .found support just under 
28, whioii compares rather favor- 
ably with its long inaction before 
the first of the year under 20. No 
effort is being made to spur the 
stO(;k, although it is being turned 
over in heavy volume, perhaps in 
sympathy with the pool operation 
which has been renewed in RCA.. 
Latter issue got above 50 for the 
lirst tinie since the (;rash. 

'Topping Its December Peak 
iMa'rket for the next few days 
will be watched "with caution. Price 
averages liave recovered to within 
a point or so of the penk in the 
mld-FebVuary recovery. Form play 
ers figure if quotations go through 

(Continued on page 24) 




FRANK A./DUC 

(DUKE) ■ 

Known as the "Human Nightin- 
gale," featuring a high soprano and 
tenor voice. 

"Variety" said: "Frank Due's 
soprano alteri^tion plus his yodeling 
puts him across." 

, This week, Loew's State, Los 
Angeles, in Fanchon and Marco's 
"Coral" Idea. ■ - - 



Union Says Extra 
Man or Raise to 
Handle Grandeur 



Hollywood, March 4. . 

Projectionists Union has served 
notice on local picture houses that 
an extra man muist be in the booth 
of houses showing Grandeur. As an 
alternative, the union will accept a 
wage boost from the^ present $77.50 
weekly to $90 for each booth man. 

Managers will ■ meet tomorrow 
(Wednesday) to debate the ulti- 
matum which was prompted by the 
opening last week at the Carthay 
Circle of "Happy Day.s' (Fox). 

Managers are expected to decline 
to consider the' union's proposition 
on the grounds it is properly a mat- 
ter to be settled when the new con- 
tract is negotiated in September. 



Metro's New Stages 



Cxiiver . City, March . 4. 

With a record production sched- 
ule, and seriously cramped for 
space, Metro is planning the build- 
ing of four additional stages, 12 
new cutting rooms and two" more 
projection rooms. 

Addition of foreign versions will 
cramp situation even further. A 
possibility that many foreign ver- 
sions will be made in Europe. If 
this doesn't happen, greater expan- 
sion than the one planned for im- 
mediate execution will he neces- 
sary, execs say. 



Dining Volunteers 

The 60 members of the Warner 
Club who demonstrated theatrical 
prowess on the cold boards of the 
Chanln a few Sundays ago are to 
be dined free for their services by 
the other 2,000 membei-s. of the cIuId, 
who bbuglit the tldtets. ;•_ 

Affair" is at Will Oakland's Ter- 
race' ope- rfight this' week., ; 

Meantime the Club is making ar- 
rangements for its second annual 
hop at the Hotel Commodore some 
weeks later. 



Pollard at M-G 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Harry Pollard stops out from 
Universal. Company did not take 
up his option so he moves to Metro. 

Latter firm has given him a 
ticket with extensions running to 
five years on options. 



MORE WILD YOUTH 

Culver City, March 4, 
Third picture in the series of wild 
youth stories goes into production 
within the next Iwo weck.^ at M-G 
under the title of "Our Blushing 
Bi'ides." It's an original by Jose- 
phine Lovett and a sequel to "Our 
^Modern Maidens" and "Dancing 
Daughters.'-' 

. Cast will again be headed by Joan 
Crawford, .Anita Page and Dorothy 
Sebastian. Harry JJeaumont slated 
to direct. 



HoUywood Chatter 



Guthrie McClinllc back in town. 

El Brendel, a returner. 

Charles Byers is doliig some 
agenting. 

Jason Joy can still do the giant 
swing. 

Monroe Owsley and Warran 
Ashe motored here frojn Nevy i'ork. 

Tod Browning since joining Uni- 
versal has lost his beret. 

Jack Warner is keeping ippolnt- 
ments da:ily with hi-s dentist. 

Benny Thau is caught up on 
sleep. 

Grace Moore due at MGM for hev 
flrst picture March 20. 
■ Jimmie Gillespie back from a ten- 
day jaunt to New York 

Bert Hanlon got lonesome, so he 
hopped back to N. Y. 

Some of the waitresses around 
town are now said to have two cars. 

Ben Lyon doesn't sen 1 himself 
fan letters any more. 

Roy Howard, pre.sidcni of N. E. 
A., giving the .studios tlie look. 

Perry Aswam is sometimes taken 
for his brother. 

■"Clara Lipmiin";did 'llie d.alog on 
"Father's Day," in v.-li'"oh MG.-VX is 
featuring her husband. Loui.s Mann. 

Couple chisling repoi'ters taken 
off free menibersliip lists of seve»-al 
local clubs. Reason, no prestige. • 

Brown Derby now giving regular 
customers noon day preference for 
tables over the visiting tourists. 

Some of Eva Tanguay's furniture 
and objets d'art were auctioned off 
by a dealer recently. 

From observation in the coast 
colony, it's not the girls who need 
mothers to guide them, but the boys. 

Bernice Claire visits the stock 
exchange each morning l^efore re- 
porting for work. 

Will Adams, formerly of the 
Brooklyn "Daily Eagle," on writing 
staff at Pathe. 

Oscar Levant is back froni the 
big town. Giving musicals at his 
home every Thxu'Sday night. ' 

Sidney . Phillip's here getting an 
ear full as to.whom tliey want: for 
pi6tures, etc. ' 

Jimmy Plunkett. Ii-K-O agent, is 
taking in the local works. Pleasure 
trip, ho sez. 

Ml-!?. Oscar Hammersteiu (Dorbtliy 
Blanchard) plays he.r flrst film part 
In hubby's "Viennese Nights." 

Jack Warner piersonally okays all 
ad copy for the WB houses in IIol- 
lywod and downtown. 

An influx of actors from Latin- 
American countries is expected in 
Hollywood. 

Little Billy's character name in 
Pathe's "Swing High" is L-awrence 
Tidbits. 

Al Jennings visited Sidney Black- 
mcr on the FN lot and was pressed 
into service as a tcchnlci;l adx-i.sor 
on "Under Western Skios." . 

Mrs. Jesse Lasky and Jesse, Jr.,- 
have turned song writers, compca- 
ing the lyrics of "My Rose," to be 
published by Chappell Harms. 

Hubert "Voight wears atmo.spliei-- 
ic costumes to blend with the back- 
ground and color of his various lo- 
cation trips for publicity stills. " 

Another engagement due In th'> 
Louis B. Mayer home shortly. This 
time Irene Mayer to David Sclz- 
neck. 

George Delaconrt, pu))lishpr of 
"Film Fun," "Talking Screen" and 
"Screen Romance," giving Holly- 
wood ills first glance. 

Jack Oakie attended tlie opeiiin.ij 
of "Gone Hollywood" dressed In "a 
tux. He said the laundry had lo.<i 
his sweat shirt. 

Every man reachin.^' Hollywood 
wearing a pair of goggles and a 
derby has been suspected of being 
the Fox receiver. 

Bryant Washburn's picture ap- 
pears in the new "Who's Who," 
and a guessin.g conte.<<t has de- 
veloped. 

Dorothy Blanchard, London stage 
actress and wife of Oscar Hammer- 
stein, made her screen debut a.s a 
bit player in "'V'ieneso Nights." 

Saloon scene for "The Gay '90's" 
may look renli.stic to the visitors 
but the })laycrs, aftir eight or nine 
near beers, have a different opinion. 

Joseph Jackson has a record of 
the longc-rt service as a dialog, 
writer at a studio— three years. He 
has also a new term contract wilh 
Warner Bros. 

M-G Is doing "The Big House," 
and Fox has "Road I-Iou.se" and 
"The Big Party." That leaves it to 
M-G to do a picture culled "Road* 
Party." 

Ben ."^hulberg p\it on an ofllcial 



welcome dinner j for his "Ibo.s.s," 
Adolph Zukor, with only studio ex- 
ecutives, stars, directors and writijra 
present. 

Local radio station gave a voloe 
and diction teacher a free plug ovor 
the air. The plug was the only oost 
to the station for a 20-minute pHvy- 
let produced by the tcaoher. 

A bloke who thinks he has a 
good voice visits the studios at noon 
when the execs are coming out for 
lunch and warbles a song for them. 
He figures perhaps he'll get a break, 
but so far the only thing he' &ot Wiis 
a suggestion to get a tin cup. 

Guy named Sussman wrote play 
called "Woodrow Wilsgij-" He .i.s 
asking actors to work, -gratis in it 
at the Theatre Mart. Wants agents 
to cast without anything . coming 
either way. 

Judgment against the team has 
been entered ih the local courts and 
the Orpheum, no longer playing 
vaude, secved with a writ of execu- 
tion. Act is now somewhere in th© 
east. 

Ernest Belcher, dance Instructor, 
is still trying to collect $225 from 
Adler and Bradford, vaiide dancing 
team. He claims he showed them 
a few tricks eight months ago 
wlien' the 'pair were- playiiig .the 
Orpheum. 

Little Mr., or Miss, Stork duo iii 
the home of the John Barrymore.s 
around March 15. Baby wiil liavc 
another uncle added to the family 
that month when its mother's sis- 
ter, Helene Costello, becomes Mr.s. 
Lowell Sherman. 

The "vogue for .naming saml- 
wiclies after picture celebs )i:is 
waned. Holly wood» eateries h:i\-o 
taken them off . their menus. Pro'o- 
ably ended when none of tl->o 
celebs would .sponsor a ham sand- 
wich. 

Pathe locked its studio side door 
— too many crashing through the 
publicity department to the stages, 
Opened after 'wo days because 
otherwise it was inconvenient lo 
the Gloria Swanson crew. The lii'st 
to come in after the unlocking wa.s 
One-Eyed Connolly, looking for 
.«tills. 



Columbia's 125 Shorts . 

With deals clo.sed for all oL Walt 
Disney output and with Wa"films, 
Inc., for one reel "Curiosities,'' Co- 
lumbia will offer more than U'5 
sliortp next season. 

These include 13 in th-; "Curios- 
ities" series, 26 ("lolumy-ia-Victor 
.shorts, 13 DLsney "Silly Sym- 
phonies," 13 "Krazy Ki»t" oartof-n.*. 
26 "Mickey Mouse" carto-jns and I'H 
Fhotocolor Sensations, b<-sidps flu^ 
series of "Talking Screen Pnrip- 
shots" inds-flnite in nu.r.bcr but 
probably to. go out at the rate of 
at least one a month. 

Latest series contracted. "Cnm.-?- 
iticp," goes on release in .)\ini'. 

"OVER NIGHT" AS MUSICAL 

Culver City, March -:. 
"Over Night," stage play, owiu-d 
by 'MC! for several years, \\\U be 
made as a musical. ,"-!alishni-y 
I'Molds Is writing an r.da))(at Ion. .\'o 
cast Or director assigned as y-i. 

"Over Night" was treated niii- 
ffically on the stage as "A'cry (lood, 
.Eddie," 10 yeai-s ago. 



ARBUCKLE ON "REVELS ' 

. Hollywood, Mareli 4.. 
Ro.scoe "Fatty"- Arbuckle Is- .11-- 
i'ecting the comedy sequences "of' 
"Radio Revels" with Bert Wlieerer 
and Bobby Woolsey. 

He also supplied the CDiiw-dy sit- 
uation and gags for the job. 



•• -cifel Easi 
Hollywood, March 4. 

Freddie Zweifel is enroulc to Ni-w 
York where he will become associ- 
ated with J. J. :\IcCarthy in han- 
dling the John McCormack picture, 
"Song. of my Heart." ■ 

Zweifel was an assistant casting 
director at. the Fox studios wiiib' 
here. 



Fox's Mag Yarn 

Hcllywood, Manl: 4. 
Fox has "oou.glit Rita Weiman'.s 
"Liberty" magazine s.tory, "On "i'^ur 
Back." The title will be changed. 

Howard .'I. (Jrecn l.s putting it 
into shape and Guthrie Mcrlintic 
win direct. 



Wednesday; ^a^ch 5, 1930 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 11 



Coast Now Objects to Shape 
Of Grandeur^Want More Height; 
Comm. Argues on Fox s Extra SmiiL 



Artistic side of Hollywood is re- 
belling: against tlie shai>e of the 
wide film frame as it appears on 
the screen. 

Cameramen and technical experts 
o\it there object to the oblong 
frame which has twice as much 
width as heiphth. The clamor is foi* 
more heiphth. Objections came in 
to the special committee meeting of 
engineers on the question of wide 
film at the Hays offices in New York 
last week. 

The present Grua3jleur....frariie as ■ 
it hits the screen is two feet wide 
for every single foot In height." 
Coast contingent would change this 
to a four to three ratio. But the 



Tutor Women s 
Gubs in Critic s 
Reviewing Slant 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Means of giving picture preview- 
iers of women clubs the viewpoint of 
the professional critic are being 
considered by Mrs. Thomas J. Win- 
ter, of the public relations depart- 
ment of the Hays organization. 

idea will be to make club women 
conscious of a picture's entertain- 
ment value, so that this will be 
taken into consideration as well as 
the picture's appeal to each organi- 
zation's individual standards for 
commend^on or prejudice. Talks 
on picture appreciation by profes- 
sional reviewers will be arranged by 
Mrs. Winter for club pre-vlewers. 

Preview Committee representing 
five organizations meets to view a 
picture every morning in quarters 
furnished by the Academy of M. P. 
Arts and' Sciences. Membership of 
the committee is about 125, but the 
groups have their own arrangements 
for rotation in previewing so ' that 
the number sitting in is cut down. 
Groups represented are: General 
Federation of Women's Clubs; In- 
ternational Federation of Catholic 
AJumnae; Daughters of the Ameri- 
can Revolution; American Associa- 
tion of University Women; Parent- 
T-eachers Association. Latter two 
groups are local, but their recom- 
mendations are nationalized through 
their publications. 

Five O. K.'s 

An.alysis of films, and opinions of 
their merit are independently ar^ 
rived at by each body. Groups dif- 
fer frequently in their choice of pic- 
tures for recommendation, so a pic- 
tui;e must have five Indepenent O. 
K!'s to receive the maximum pub- 
lic'ity through the national organi- 
zations. 

JOach organization, if it approves 
a- Hlcture, puts the picture title on 
the' recommtndcd list which is 
posted in . headquarters and club- 
rooms throughout the country. In 
many cases the lists are carried by 
local dailies. On pictures found un- 
worthy of eiidoi'sement the preced- 
ure is identical, but comment is ig- 
nored.. Experience has proved the 
wisdom o^ making no reference 
•whatever to films disapproved. ' 

. Hound table discussions are held 
monthly by the women at luncheons 
arranged by Mrs. Winter. At these 
meetings will be held the scene of 
the talks by experts on Entertain- 
ment value. 



Minneai>oUs, March 4. 
Speaking before the film commit- 
tee oi" the Fifth District Federation 
of AV'omen's clubs here. Mayor 
Kun/e went emphatically on recoi'd 
a.s against local censorship of pic- 
tures. 

He declared that the source of 
production was the place where pic- 
tures should be put into proper 
sh.ipe, and praised the employment 
ol' Mis. T. J. Winter, a Minneapoli- 
tan, as .'i public relations' medium 
by tlie industry. 



U's Dramatic Chb 



An epidemic for things dramatic 
has swept the office help of the va- 
i-ious film headquarters. Universal 
has quietly assembled a dramatic 
cUib and has already given a show 
witlnout any publicity, even from 
tlie relatives. 

Tjittlo Helen Hugl^es, holder of 
one of the biggest secretarial jobs, 
sold '.'00 of the tickets for last 
Tlnirsday's affair. 



U Scenarists Out 

Hollywood, March 4. 
.'<f<Miai-io department is first to 
feel tlic whittling at Universal un- 
dt-r tlio recently announced policy 
' iji. briii'-'inc: in new blood. Paul 
Kaimlin, Matt Taylor and Helen 
Cai'lisk- are OMt. 

In till- finiu-? sconaritfts will be 
Piniil.iyr.l In- U fur definite as-- 
friu'mni'ius and not plaoed under 
tei-m ruiUracts. 



Allowed Three Months 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Sam Ornil!!, novelist, sticks with 
M' i:o but has permission to spend 
tlivi- nmnths in Europe to finish 
a l>i)i)k. . 

Alter that vho writer returns to 
.thvi lui for aiiotlicT six months. 



Lee MarcHs on '^Skeletons" 
Wants Trade Paper Info 

As a solution to the film indus- 
try's position in the censor and 
legislating spotlight, Lee Marcus, 
Radio Picture's vice-president, 
would end politics. There is only 
one way to do this, he declared 
during a random conversation: 

'•We should all clear out for two 
years and let the industry go it 
alone. Whether it made or lost 
money it would be the best way 
to reclaim it from Its present posi- 
tion." 

Marcus' views on industry 
troubles were sought after he had 
broadcast a letter to film trade pa- 
pers-asking for definite circulation 
statements and also reserving the 
right to verify all claims by per- 
sonal once-over of their books. 

"The business is changing. We 
want to know where we are spend- 
ing our money. We also want to 
reach certain groiips in the busi- 
neiss and papers having the strong- 
est circulation in such zones will 
get that business." 

On the editorial end Marcus also 
believes that the trade papers can 
do with less detail and persistency 
on certain matters. 

"They never let up on a skele- 
ton. They -are always exhuming 
it on the slightest occasion. That 
is one of the troubles, refusing to 
let the. bones rot in a natural way." 
■ Here, however, Mr. Marcus agreed, 
that the trade papers had nothing 
to do with politics and that the 
best news is that aroused by poli- 
tics. He also conceded that if lie 
were to remain silent on an issue 
someone in a like position would 
take pleasure in handing out the 
.squawk. 

Marcus was asked about that free 
picture Radio- is to produce for 
Abram Myers and the Allied Ogani- 
zation under the franchise agree- 
ment entered into a year ago 

"There it goes. The; skeleton 
again," he answered. "I know ab.- 
solutely nothing about a free pic- 
ture or how Allied will derive its 
support during the year." 

7 Features WiH Take 
Astoria Thru the Summer 

About seven features are now 
tentatively lined up for production 
at Paramount's Long Island studio. 
They will carry the studio through 
the summer. 

"Queen High," Fred .Newmeyer 
directing, starts March, 10. Charles 
Ruggles, Frank Morgan, Ginger 
Rogers and Stanley Smith, latter 
coming on from Coast, will have 
the i)rlncipal parts. A week later 
Chevalier's "Too Much Luck" will 
start. As with "The Big Pond," this 
picture -will be cast and produced 
both in English and French. 

"Heads Up," which is now being 
adapted by Jack McGowan and 
Jack Kirkland, will follow. There 
is a possibility, subject to Coast 
approval, of using Buddy Rogers in 
this one. 

. A hot weather picture jvith Helen 
Kane, another for the Marx Broth- 
ers, and "The Sap from Syracuse," 
are on the calendar, all indefinite 
as to detail. 



Breaking Tradition 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Julia Faye, for the first time, will 
not appear in a Cecil B. DeMllle 
production. Her part in "Madame 
Satan" has been given to Elsa 
Peterson. 

Miss Faye was not the type. She 
has been in every DeMllle picture 
for years. 



Haines* Western 

Culver City, March 4. 

Fred* is'iblo will direct his first 
western, "Easy Going," planned as 
a .<;tarrinpr picture by M-C4 for Wil- 
li.im Haines. 

Story is an original by Byron 
Jlorgan and Ralph Block. 



1st N. Publicity Changes 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Clianf;cK in i-'irst '!Xational's pub- 
licity fli.'pai'iiiii-'nt lias resulted in 
Uob Donaldson, Mar^arel ICitnball 
and Catherine AVhitc replacing 
(Mis.s) Pat SpfCK and Harry Frecd- 
man. 



Mary Doran's Six Months 

Contract of Mary Doran is being 
renewed by M-G-M on V^orch 17. 
Now contract will be for bix months. 



1st Runs on Broadway 

'(Subject to Change) 



Week of March 7 
Capitol — "Lord • Byrpn of 
Broadway" (Metro) ; . 

Colony — "Cohans- Kelly 3 in 
Scotland" (U) 

Globe— "Case oi Sergt. Gri- 
sha" (Radio) 

Paramount— "Only the Brave" 
(Par) 

Rialto— "Be Yourself" (UA) 
Roxy — "Such Men Are Dan- 
gerous" (Fox) 
Strand— "Saily" (FN) 

Week of March 14 
Capitol — "Anna Christie" 

(Metro). 
Colony — "Dames Ahoy" (U) 
Paramount— "Sarah and Son" 

(Par) 

-Roxy— "Such Men Are Dan- 
gerous" (Fox) 

Strand — "Son of the Gods" 
(FN) 

%2 Runs 

April 1— "Journey's End" 
(Tiff) tGaiety) 

PAR. WILL TRY 
3-REEL SHORTS 

With a view to giving more dis- 
tiiyctlve importance .to shorts. Para- 
mount has a new experiment in 
talk shorts production. Planning a 
three-reeler. 

While the thought idea does not 
express the company's definite ,aim 
towards bulk production, idea Is to 
use the first triple reeler as a cri- 
terion to future policy. 

Main aim is to give th© talking 
shorts an^lmportance comparable in 
time and program length to regular 
vaude acts and skits. 

A. J. Balaban is behind the plan, 
and the first of the new product is' 
scheduled to get under way at the 
Long Island studio any time now. It 
has an original story written by 
Frank Cambria, who will also direct 
in apsociatlott with Ray Cozlne. 
Title is "Leave It to Lecter," with 
cast comprising Lester. Allen. Evelyn 
Hoey. 15 Gamby girls, Bill Halligan, 
Zimmerman and Granville, TiUie. 
Losch, the Foursome Quartet and Al 
Gordon's dogs.' 

Club Women Have Own 
War Over Midiute Shows 

San Francisco, March 4. 

Club women who recently lodged 
a complaint against midnight mati- 
nees in the picture houses are fac- 
ing a crisis within their own ranks. 
Femmes belonging to the S. F. Cen- 
ter of League of Women Voters 
are announced as sponsoring the 
midnight shows at the Orpheum of 
"Case of Sergeant Grischa" (Radio), 
set for this week. 

Worhen of the clubs opposed to 
midnight matinees are boiling and 
officially notified the Orpheum man- 
agement that they Intended to make 
.an issue of the situation. 

Fire of the women opposed to the 
midnight displays was recently aim- 
ed at the Fox. 



WALSH BUYS A HORSE, 
AND IT WINS 129,200 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Raoul Walsh, Fox director, pur- 
chased Grayola, a racing nag, on 
Friday, and on Sunday at Agua 
Callente it won the derby with a 
purse of $29,200, 

Walsh paid $15,000 cash, rejecting 
a propo.'iltion of $12,000 and a split 
on purses. Walsh also won a $5,000 
wager that his nag would out-pace 
I-:d Hatrlck, the horse named after 
Heur.st's general film manager. 



RUBE'S ORIGINAl 

■\S'lion Ruhc Goldbivri;, the cartoon- 
ist, .tfoes to the coapt next month for 
Fox it's to write an original story. 

The turn -over golfer, he shoots 
120 from either side now, will prob- 
ably have his picture sflpervlpod by 
his brother-in-law. New Marhi. 



Estabrook's Originals 

Hollywood. Mfircli 4. 
First National is ret;iitiln!i H(jwurii 
Kstahrook to writ© two more orig- 
inals. 



4- 

PATHE FIRE HEARINGS 
INSISTED UPON BY D. A. 



Annoyed by the numerous delays 
obtained in the Magistrate's Court 
by the defendants in the Pathe stu- 
dio fire case, .District Attorney 
Thomas C T. Grain began Monday 
grand Jury proceedings with a view 
to obtaining indictments against 
John C. Flinn, vice-president, and 
Henry C. S. Lally, business manager, 
of Pathe. Both are under bail. 

Although the grand jury has taken 
up the matter, the hearings before a 
magistrate will continue, but the 
proceedings will take place begin- 
ning today (Wed.) before Chief 
Magistrate William McAdoo. Not 
only the manslaughter charges will 
be gone Into, but also possible crimi- 
nality on the part of city officials. 

In announcing his intention to 
hold both hearings simultaneously 
the District Attorney said: 

"In the Pathe fire case promptness 
and publicity are of equal Impor- 
tance. Promptness will be secured 
by the presentation of the evidence 
to a grand Jury on March 3, and pub- 
licity by public hearings which will 
be begun on March 5 before Chief 
Magistrate McAdOo. 

"The public will understand that 
what they learn at the public hear- 
ings the grand jury will hear at Its 
sessions. - In warfare the use of one 
weapon does not preclude the use 
also of another." 

Rumors have been going on ever 
since the investigation Into the fire 
began last December that certain 
Fire Department inspectors whose 
duty it was to see that the studio 
was protected from fire and that the 
necessary equipment was in' place 
were neglectful in their inspections. 
This phase will also be taken up At 
the magistrate hearings.' Patlio de- 
clares all postponements have been 
made at the request of the prose- 
cutor. 



Claims 'Sunny SideV Title 

Omaha,. March 4. 

Will M. Maupln, formerly- an edi- 
torial writer for the Oiinaha "World- 
Herald" and the Omaha "Bee- 
News" and now editor of the Hast- 
ings (Neb.) "Democrat," filed suit 
in district court here for $100,000 
against the Fox Film Corporation, 
charging plagiarism of the title of 
a book of poems he has published 
for "Sunny Side I'p." 

The ."iuit-Is to he followed by an- 
other against DeSylva, Brown and 
Henderson, song" writers, who wrote 
the theme song, "Sunny Side Up," 
for the picture. 

Suit asks for a temporary In- 
junction against showing of the pic- 
ture all over the country. A hear- 
ing on this matter will be de- 
manded within a week, the at- 
torneys said Wednesday. 

Maupin says he has written and 
published a "Sunny Side Up," 
Volume 2," and that he fears its 
sale will be crippled because people 
will think that it is a story of the 
motion picture. He also was pre- 
paring picture scenarios on the sub- 
ject matter of his own book and 
these now will be worthless because 
of the other picture, he contends. 

The suit comes too late to prevent 
showing of the picture In Omaha's 
downtown houses, for it has played 
at the Paramount and the World 
theatres, although it has ° not yet 
made its circuit of the neighbor- 
hoods. 



M-G Shelves 3 

Culver City, March 4. 

Three stories Including "Farewell 
to Arms," ".Sergent Bull" and 
"Oliver Twist" have hc^n In- 
definitely cancelled by M-G-M. 

Yarns were originally announced 
and intended for the 1930-31 pro- 
srram but will be kept in abeyaiioo 
ffir future production. Hays orijan- 
ization said to be the cau.se of po.st- 
ponment. 



theatre end will have plenty to say 
about this as Grandeur's shape was 
specifically designed to let those in 
the rear rows see the entire pic-; 
ture, A 4-3 frame would cut ,at 
least 25% off the picture for those 
back of the balcony sight line. Any 
way, it's another item now mixed 
up in the question of wide film 
standardization. 

Of all the wide film processes the 
Spoor system, adopted by Radio, 
was one of the first to consider 
height. This angle is said to have 
been eliminated because of Radio's 
desire to co-operato with other 
producers in fostering a standard 
size. 

The five miliometers the Fox 
system reserves for margin, and 
which some of the other ' experts 
think cinn be dispensed with at 
a savins of nine percent of film 
Is still being debated. The en- 
gineers are confident, however, that 
whatever they chobse will be okay 
with the entire industry. 

The last meeting, despite the 
artistic move which would undo all 
that has been argued so far, Is re- 
ported by engineers wlio attended 
as "the most hopeful to date." OBach 
engineer representing a different 
process, or interest, spoke without 
interference. At the end no vote 
or action was taken, such being re- 
served for a future get-together. 
One of the leading members in the 
society stated: 

"Eventually there will be one ma- 
chine accommodating both 35 and 
70 miliometers." Designers, he said, 
are at work on su:h a machine now 
but It Is too futuristic to consider 
now with the main problems yet 
unfinished. 

Price* 



MATT MOORE DIRECTING 

1 li)!l.\-\VOod, ^]:U-f1l 4. 

(.'olurnbia v, ill iirovidc- i .Mim.i. 

Willi (ill Oppii lllTiit.\- (r, i-c.liZ' 

dii-i-ctorial y-ii. 

.Moore will dirci-t "•.■^urc I-'iri-" 
Iioni Italph Muriiliy'n I'lay. 



Although no price on any equip- 
ment has been set It is known that 
the Warner device is the minimum 
to date in simplicity and economy. 
According to make-up it should un- 
der scale even fllmdom's once much 
ballyhooed cheap talker in which 
Warners, for a long time, have been 
reported financially Interested. This 
Is the projector which would handle 
both 35 and 70mm. film. 

Acid test of durability, which 
floored so many promising- talker 
equipments, will have to be under- 
gone by all giant projection sys- 
tems before they can be considered 
serious contenders In the wide film 
field. So far Fox's Grandeur is the 
only one which has made 'the grade 
in the public eye. 

Fox experts have contended right 
along that makeshift wide film^ 
equipments, or m^de-overs as is 
claimed to be the Warner system, 
will not stand the grind gafl. 
Doubling the size and strength of 
every part of the projector was 
claimed necessary by Fox scientists 
after long experimentation. 

Warner.s has privately tested a 
70mm. ■ projection adjustment, it i.s 
heard. In fact, it is a.^serted, the 
film us"d in theso tf.sts werc strips 
of Fox Grandeur. 



Robertson's "Victory" 

Hollywood, ^larch 4. 

.roliii itolH'risoii, wlio ha.s jvist 
.-o.inplet'.'d '-La Marseilles" for Uni- 
\x;rsal, goes to Patlie to direct 
"A'ictory." 

Tills is to be Pathe's most pre- 
tentious production of tlie year 
being budgeted at $t)00,000. 



i 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Buddy Rogers Pushes Par. for 



New Top of 




— "Rainbows" 



At Cap, $55,70(Mirandeur, $111, 




Buddy Rogers, dream boy of the 
flappers, played the Paramount last 
week and It was no coincidence that 
the existing house record bowed. 
Receipts reached $95,000, Just about 
one G better than the prevailing 
maximum. Clusters of fans crowded 
the sidewalk near the Paramount 
etagedoor all week, eloquent evi- 
dence of the film lad's lure. 

Otherwise there wasn't much 
doing along the so-called rialto. 
Second week of Grandeur 'at the 
Roxy ran to around Jll 1,000, Indi- 
cative of persisting public curiosity 
In th© technical innovation, but not 
overly-strong. Capitol was not 
stormed by mobs at $55,700 for 
"Chasing Rainbows." 

Weather, that perennial alibi, was 
as good as any for several spots. 
An advance sample of spring evi- 
dently induced a desire to commune 
with nature rather than explore the. 
cinemas. "Rogue Song" among the 
$2 offerings has started to taper at 
the Astor. "Weak matinees and light 
nights Monday to Wednesday hurt 
"J'uttln' on the Ritz," but the Rich- 
man picture is doing well on -the 
"last half evenings and withal stand- 
ing up pretty well. English talker 
at the Cohan, "White Cargo," was 
under $5,000. 

"Hold Everything" (WB) has been 
eelected for the opening on April 2 
of Warners' new Hollywood, across 
from the Winter Garden and War- 
ners. About March 21 the Winter 
Garden will drop its $2 policy for 
extended grind runs at pop prices, 
epenlng with "Under a Texas Moon" 
(WB). The -Hollywood will give 
Warners five houses In the Times 
equare district, firm also controlling 
Warners, the Strand and Central. 
Winter Garden will be Broadway's 
fourth extended run arcade, others 
on this principle being Rialto, Rivoli 
and Globe. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Astoi^"Rogue Song" (Metro) 
(1,120; $l-$2) (6th week). Just 
over $18,000; lYideflnlte, but if de- 
mand nearing saturation point exit 
at end of March possible; has eased 
down and never has equaled its re- 
ception on- the coast. 

Capitol — "Chasing Rainbows" 
(Metro) (4,620; 35-50-75-$1.50). 
Bessie Love-Charles. King combo 
not fancy on this engagement; only 
$55,700. 

Carroll— "Puttin* on the Ritz" 
(UA) (1,018; $l-$2) (3d week). Last 
week between $13,000-$14,000; mat- 
inees off, although nights Improved 
on last half; will stick as long as 
attraction "breaks." 

Central— "Disraeli" (WB) (922; 
|l-2; (21st week). Present situation 
points to this one surviving Arllss' 
"Green Goddess" at the Winter Gar 
den, with three weeks to go there; 
•"Disraeli" longest Broadway box 
office attraction at $2 scale since 
Jolson's "Singing Fool"; last week 
a little oft, around $11,000. 

Cohan— "White Cargo" (W.P.Ltd.) 
(1,400; C0-$1.50) (2d week). Eng- 
• lish talker. In for fortnight; . Initial 
gross under $5,000; out this Sunday, 
with house then dark; "Cargo" re 
leased over here by state- righters 
In Hollywood having metropolitan 
district. 

Colony— "Party Girl" (Tiff) (1,900; 
86-50-75.). Averagely good; $12,000. 

Criterion— "Vagabond King" (Par) 
(862; $l-$2) (3d week). On first 
full week felt Impetus of tremendous 
exploitation; quoted at $18,800, not 
far off opening pace of "Love Pa- 
rade," the bogey at this stand. 

Embassy — Newsreel House (Fox- 
Hearst) (568-25). House carries 
two-inch ads regularly In dailies; 
not cheap to operate; but profit 
claimed In $7,000-$8,000 bracket. 

Gaiety— "Troopers 3" (Tiff) (808; 
$l-$2) (3d week). Old Sol hard on 
matinees; around $6,000; "Mamba" 
next, then "Journey's End" about 
April 1. 

Globe— "Hit the Deck" (Radio) 
(1,065; 35-50-75) (3d week). Fig- 
ured around $18,000. 

Paramount — "Roadhouse Nights" 
(Par) (3,665; 35-65-$l). As foretold 
by smash opening weekend, per- 
sonal appearance of Buddy Rogers 
and picture meant beaucoup ma- 
zuma; touched $95,000 for new high; 
flaps went to see Buddy and Broad- 
way wanted a load of Jimmy Du- 
rante in the feature; how much 
house figured Rogers can be seen in 
film not holding over. 

Rialto— "Street of Oiance" (Par) 
(2,000; 35-50-85-85) (4th,. final 
week). Almost no dip from previ- 
ous gross; last week $28,400, previ- 
ously $29,300; Fannie Brice in "Be 
Yourself" (UA) opens Thursday, 

Rivoli — "Love Parade" (Par) 
(2,200; 35-50-65-85). Opened last 
Thursday; "Condemned" got $24,200 
on final short week. 

Roxy — "Happy Days" (Fox Gran- 
deur) (6,205; 50-75-$1.50) (2nd, final 
week). Followed Its $134,000 with 
$111,000; receipts attributable to 
wide serpen novelty; po.sslnlllty of 
"Such Men are Dangerous" (Fox) 
and third anniversary ehow opening 



Peon's $38,500 Strong; 
Weather Dampens Pitt 

Pittsburgh, March 4. 
(Drawing Population 1,000,(X)0) 
Weather: Rain and Snow 

With one exception the weather 
put sizeable crimps in films all over 
town. Standout was the Penn 
where Teddy Joyce's return for 
week as in. c. put house close to 
$38,500. Picture, "Ship From Shang- 
hai," rated less than fair here with 
full credit going to Joyce. Severe 
thunderstorms Cut in somewhat 
Monday aVid Tuesday ^or a couple 
of grand more might have resulted. 

Stanley started off with record 
breaking week-end on "Roadhouse 
Nights" (Par), claiming near $14,000 
for two day period, but elements, 
and opposition provided by Penn 
cut in later and biz tumbled badly. 
"Happy Days" disappointment at 
the Aldlne, indicating that revue 
type of scr'een- entertainmenOis def-. 
initely washed up around here. Less 
than $14,000 and pulled after single 
week. Some attribute title of song 
in "Chasing Rainbows," Which play- 
ed town few weeks ago, may also 
have hurt. 

'Green Goddess" did nicely at 
Warners without standing out. 
Maybe $18,000 in first full week and 
holds over, making way Thursday 
for "Song of the West." "Troopers 
Three" slid to $4,600 in second week 
at Olympic. "Second Wife" got 
splendid notices at Sheridan Square 
ind did • better than expected at 
$6,000. Only a week, however, "Ser- 
geant Grlscha" opening last Satur- 
day for run. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Penn (Loew's-UA) (3,300; 25-35- 
60-76) "Ship From Shanghai" 
(M-G). Teddy Joyce's return as 
m.c. shot this site up around $38,500. 

Stanley (WB) (3,600; 25-35-60) 
"Roadhouse Nights" (Par). Started 
out great, approaching house .week- 
end recora at around $14,000; cata- 
pulted badly after and never re- 
covered; about $24,000 for six days. 

Aldine (Loew's) (1,900; 35-50) 
'Happy Days" (Fox). Disappointing 
at under $14,000; revue stuff poison; 
booked in for fortnight, yanked after 
single session; couple of more one- 
week pictures pJeceding "Rogue 
Song" (M-G). 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 50-75)- 
"Green Goddess" (WB). Good at 
$18,000 and rated strong enough to 
hold over; ^riiss has been figured 
too classy for this patronage, but 
fooled 'em. 

Olympic (Tiff) (1,200; 35-50) 
"Troopers Three" (Tiff). In second 
week to moderate $4,500. 

Enriflht (WB) (3,700; 25-35-40-60) 
"Hello Sister" (Cruze). Weak at 
$14,000; notices panned and Olive 
Borden and Lloyd Hughes no b. o. 
power. - 1 

Sheridan Square "Second Wife" 
(Radio). Above expectations, $6,500; 
cricks liked it Immensely. 

Harris — "Seven Keys to Bald- 
pate" (Radio). Satisfactory at $6,000. 
First run downtown although pic- 
ture previously at Sheridan. 



LEGITS HURT ST. LOUIS 



"Son of Gods," $24,000 — Ambassa- 
dor, $28,000— Central, $3,800 

St. Louis, March 4. 
(Drawing Population, 1,025,000) 

Weather: Warm 
Business only fair at all houses 
last week. Shubert-Rlalto, playing 
return engagements of "Journey's 
End" (legit), and George Cohan at 
the American, furnished some oppo- 
sition for the films. Reopening of 
the old Gayety with stock black- 
white revue was a novelty and drew. 

Casey Players, Orpheum stock, 
playing "Skidding," had sell-outs all 
week after a record two weeks' run 
of "Front Page." 

Estimates for Last Week 
Ambassador (3,000; 35-50-65-73) — 
"Dangerous Paradise" (Par). Only 
fair; $28,000. 

Fox (6,000; 35-76)— "Nix on 
Dames" (Fox), Interesting comedy; 
around $25,000. 

Loew's State (3,300; 25-35-66)— 
"Devil May Care" (M-G). Week's 
best; $18,800. 

Missouri (3,800; 35-50-65-75) — 
"Son of the Gods" (FN). Typically 
Bai-thelmess and $24,000. 

Grand Central (1,700; 60-75)— 
Men in Love." Good backstage ro- 
mance; $3,800. 



R-K-0 Orpheum, Seatde, With Good 
Vaude, Cut A.M. Scale-Contest, $12,500 



Fox, Wash., at $26,700; 
Ripley NSG at $12,900 



Washington, March 4, . 

(Estimated White Population, 
450,000) 

Weather: Good 

A western, "Lone Star Ranger," 
topped everything last week by a 
healthy margin. George 0'Bi*Ien's 
name assisted, he always getting 
money locally. However, main in- 
terest centered In Garbo's "Anna 
Christie." It got all the Columbia 
could hold, and is in Its second week. 
"Grand Parade" disappointed at the 
RKO house, while Ripley, the "Be- 
lieve It or Not" cartoonist, failed to 
pull at the Earle. Rialto closes 
Thursday night. 

Estimates for Lasf Week 

Columbia (Loew) — "Anna Chris- 
tie;^ (M-G) (1,232; 35-50). Every- 
thing possible; $16,500. 

Earle (Warner)— "Aviator" (WB) 
and Ripley on stage (2,244; 35-50). 
Hearst papers gave their cartoonist 
everything, but- biz failed to move 
up; opened weak and stayed that 
way; prizes for matinees helped 
somewhat; $12,900. 

Fox (Fox)— "Lone Star Ranger" 
(Fox), stage show (3,434; 35-50-60- 
75). Jumped intake over preceding 
week almost $9,000; did $26,700; 
"Happy Days," opening this week, 
enormous. 

Met (Warner) — "Son of Gods" 
(FN) (1,585; 35-60). Barthelmess 
building back to previous high In- 
takes; got about $15,800 and -a sec- 
ond week. 

Palace (Loew) — "Ship from 
Shanghai" (M-G), stage show (2,4 
363; 35-60-60). Intake surprised; 
$21,000. 

Rialto (U)— "Undertow" (U) (1,- 
978; 85-60). Final week for house 
about, $0,000. 

RKO (Keith's — "Grand Parade" 
(Pathe). Went downward; maybe 
$9,000, 



'CHRISTIE' VS. 'BALD PATE' 



R-K-O Did Best in Tacoma Last 
Week— $8,100 



Tacoma, March 4. 
(Drawing Population, 125,000) 
Weather: Fair and rain 
Showgoers turned out to hear 
Garbo talk. "Baldpate" was okay 
at the RKO, with Blue Mouse fair 
on "She Couldn't Say No." 

Estimates for Last Week 
Pantages (RKO) (1,500; 25-60)— 
"Seven Keys to Baldjpate" (Radio) 
Did $8,100. 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (650; 25- 
50-75) — "She Couldn't Say No" 
(WB). Fair for $5,000. 

Rialto (Fox) (1,250; 25-50)— 
"Anna Christie" (M-G). Clicked at 
$5,500. 

Colonial (Fox) (850; 25)— "Lilies 
of the Field" (FM). Not too good; 
$1,800. 



a day early this week, Thursday; 
"Canico Klrby" was cut short to six 
(lays recently. 

Strand— "Lilies of the Field" (FN) 
^2.900; 35-50-75). Just over $30,000 

Warners— "Song of the West" 
(WB) (1,380; $l-$2). Story weak- 
nesses agoln.st longevity; third 
operetta on Broadway; canie in 
Thursday; In two days $6,700. 

Winter Garden — "Green Godde.s.s" 
(WB)' (1.484; $l-$2) (3d week) 
Second week $23,900; doing fairly 
well on Arllss following; "Goddess" 
is last picture to play house at $2 
scale, going into extended grind 
runs. 



"Vagabond King's" Tilt 
Kinda Mixing Bookings 



Kansas City, March 4. 
(Drawing Population, 700,000) 

Loew's Midland, with "Their Own 
Desire" and a strong vaude bill, and 
the Mainstreet showing "Hit the 
Deck," made th© going hard for 
other downtown show shops last 
week. 

At the Newman "She Couldn't Say 
No" failed to develop strength. 
Starting this Thursday, with two 
preview performances, house has 
"Vagabond King" for eight days at 
$1 top. Picture has been given great 
publicity. According to bookings 
the picture will be held out of 
town for a couple of weeks after 
the Newmian engagement and then 
Into the Royal at 75 cents, and about 
April 18 into the Plaza, a Midland 
circuit big residential, at 50 cents. 
Understood that the date at the 
Royal was made possible through 
the Midland circuit refusing to play 
the picture, as a second run, at 75 
cents. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Loew's Midland — "Their Own De- 
sire" (M-G). (.4,000.; ,25-35-50-60). 
With holiday prices, a 'nice week at 
$22,300. 

Mainstreet— "Hit the Deck" (Ra- 
dio) (3,200; 25-35-50-60). Jack 
Oakle, a homertowner, and it helped; 
good for $23,000. 

Newman — "She Couldn't Say No" 
(WB) (1,890;' 25-35-50-60). Title 
failed as draw, and business off; 
$13,400. 

Royal— "Tiger Rose" (WB) (840; 
26-35-50). Not important; $3,800. 

Pantages — "Broadway Hoofer" 
(Col) (2,200; 26-35-60). Backstage 
stuff with slightly different angle 
and Marie Saxon standing out; 
"Parson Toby," the musical offered 
by the Bridge Musical stock; okay 
at $9,800. 



MET, BOSTON, $45,100 

Boston, March 4. 
(Drawing Population 800,000) 

Business fairly good all along the 
line last week. Met, with $45,100 
on "Dangerous Paradise," topped 
the field, but Keith-Memorial, with 
"Happy Days," was close behind 
with a reading of $38,000. Picture 
is being held for another week. 

"New York Nights," at the State, 
gave house one of Its poorest weeks 
In sorhe time. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Metropolitan (4,380; 35-50-75) — 
"Dangerous Paradise" (Par). Did 
$45,100, very good. 

Keith-Memorial (4,000; 35-50-60) 
— "Happy Days" (Fox). Went over 
to big gross'of $38,000; held for sec- 
ond week. 

State (4,000; 30-40-60) — "New 
York Nights" (UA). At $17,800, 
low. 

Keith-Albee (3,000; 50-60)— "Zoe 
Comes Along." Did $21,000, not too 
good. 





Western Out Front in L. A., 
'Goddess' Okay, $26,50(^-Par $19,500 



Los Angeles, March 4. 
(Drawing Population: 600,000) 
Weather: So-So 

"Lone Star Ranger" got in a 
strong argument for westerns by 
topping the local cinema field with a 
$33,000 total at the State last week. 

Other pictures In the money were 
"Green Goddess" at the Hollywood 
and "She Couldn't Say No" at War- 
ners' Downtown. Each were about 
dollar for dollar and around $26,000. 

"Happy Days" In Grandeur opened 
to a fanfare of publicity and news- 
paper comment at the Carthay Cir- 
cle. Interest In screen and 70mm. 
film strong, particularly with the 
Hollywood mob, but picture Itself 
riot fancied. About four weeks fig- 
ured. 

A special midnight Saturday pre- 
view at the Pai-amount of "Vaga- 
bond King." hot opening until to- 
morrow (Thursday), was not en- 
tirely a smart move, as the -comment 
was divided and may hurt picture 
In advance. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Boulevard (Fox), "Woman Racket" 
(Metro) (2,164; 25-50). Hou.se aver- 
ago despite a first run locally; 
$7,000. 

Carthay Circle (Fox), "Happy 
Days" (Fox Grandeur) (1,500; 50- 
$1.50). Came In Friday, getting 
$5,500 premiere and flnlKhIng first 
three days. Inclusive of Saturday 
night, to $13,100; big. 

Chinese (Fox), "Rogue Song" 
(Metro) (2,028; 60-$1.50) (7th week). 
Holding up all right; $22,500. 

Criterion (Fox), "Anna Christie" 



(Metro) (1,600; 25-75) (6th, final 
week). Completed smash engage- 
ment with fancy $11,000; best per- 
formapce of any picture ever play- 
ing this house. 

Egyptian (UA-Fox), "Seven Days 
Leave" (Par) (1.800; 25-75). Around 
$11,000; distinctly good. 

State (Loew-Fox), "Lone Star 
Ranger" (Fox) (2,024; 25-$l). Beau- 
ties from New York on the stage, 
but no one out hero will admit 
drawing power of eastern gals; full 
credit given to the picture and 
George O'Brien; $33,000. 

Million Dollar, "Party Girl" (Tiff) 
(2,300; 35-50). Whacked the bulls- 
eye for $10,000; advanced arithmetic 
for this house. , 

Orpheum (RKO), "7 Keys to Bald- 
pate" (Radio) (2,270; 50-75) (2d, 
final week). Finished with $11,500; 
unnoteworthy fortnight. 

Paramount (PUblix), "Roadhouse 
Night.s" (Par) (3,595; 25-75). Un- 
der previous week by $8,000; just 
fair at $19,500. 

RKO, "Grand Parade" (Pathe) 
(2,950; 30-0.")). Margin of safety 
vory slight; $15,000. 

United Artists (Pub-UA), "Con- 
demned" (UA) (2.100; 25-$l) (1st 
week). First week's income at pop 
scale $18,500; quite .<;porty for house. 

Warners' Downtown, "She Couldn't 
Say No" (WB) (1.800; 50-75) (1st 
week). Winnie Llghtner catching 
or locally; very .satisfactory, $26,000. 

Warners' Hollywood, "Green God- 
doss" (WB) (2.750; 25-75) (1st 
week). Cashing in on previous im- 
prp.sslon of "Disraeli"; clo.se to 
$26,500. 



Seattle, March ■). 
(Drawing Population, 550,000) 
Weather: Some rain 

Average In town last "week. "Devil 
May Care" held the spot, with Ra- 
mon Novarro liked. 

Orpheum had "Opportunity Week," 
with local talent trying out and 
helping draw. Seattle ballyhooing 
for next week, second anniversary, 
to use half hour stage and picture 
show to give development of picture 
and evolution of song. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Seattle (Pub) (3,106; 25-60)— "No, 
No. Nanette" (FN). At $13,200. 

Fifth Ave. (Fox) (2,500; 25-60)— i 
"Men Without Women" (Fox). Fair 
biz: $13,100. 

Fox (Fox) (2,500; 25-60)— "Devil 
May Care" (M-G). Sagged badly 
toward week end; $14,800. 

Blue- Mouse (Hamrick) (900; 23- 
50-75)— "Skinner Steps Out" (U). 
Fair returns; $6,300. 

Music Box (Hamrick) (1,000; 23- 
50-75)— "Green Goddess" (WB). 
George Arllss and Alice Joyce billed 
big; nice week; $11,100. 

Liberty (Jensen-Von Herberg) 
(2,000; 15-26-35)— "On With the 
Show" (WB). Steady; house seems 
to have gross equality regardless of 
picture offered; $10,700. • 

Coliseum (Fox) (1,800; 25-35) — 
"Shannons of Broadway" (U) ; 
$1,900; pretty bad. 

Metropolitan (Pub) (1,200; 25-60) 
— "Dangerous Paradise" (Par). 
Nancy Carroll liked (gross omitted). 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,700; 25-60)— 
"Playing Around" (FN). Good 
vaude; opportunity contest big, with 
huge letters over building plugging 
local angle and also stating "25 cents 
till one"; nice on $12,600. 



FOX FRISCO $55,000; 
TOWN HAS NICE WEEK 



San Francisco, Mai-ch 4.- 
(Drawing Population, 700,000) 
Weather: Rain 

Despite numerous early evening 
sky sweepings, most of the film par- 
lors did nice business. Only real 
brody was "Lummox," which found 
the public unresponsive. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Fox — "Chasing Rainbows" (Metro) 
(5,000; 50-65-75-$l). Charles Far- 
rell ih person proved strong bolsterer 
for plctcre; house got new Satur- 
day midnight record, actually hav- 
ing to refuse admissions; tremen- 
dous capacity here allows grosses 
that sound more like New York or 
Chicago; last week $55,000. 

Warfield — "Anna Christie" (Metro) 
(2,672; 50-65-90) (3d week). Down 
to $14,000 but still profitable and a 
strong engagement. 

Granada — "Dangerous Paradise" 
(Par) (2,698; 36-60-65-$l). Better 
than usual for house; quoted $19,- 
000; Don George replaced Frank 
Siegrist as orchestra leader; Harold 
Ramsaye new at organ. 

California — "Son of the Gods" 
(FN) (2,200; 35-50-65-90) (3d week). 
Comes unAer the head of surprises; 
well llke«; $16,000. 

St. Francis — "Lummox" (UA) (1,- 
375; 35-50-6S-90) (2d week). Per- 
sonal appearance of star couldn't 
push this one over; hardly fair at 
$6,000. 

Orpheum — "Baldpate" (Radio) (2,- 
270; 36-50-65) (2d week). Slipped 
a lot but profit still present In $9,000. 

Embassy — "Sacred Flame" (WB) 
(1,365; 60-65-90). Held up very well, 
particularly at matinees; touched 
$11,000. 

Davies— "The Sap" (WB) (1.150; 
35-50-65-90). E. E. Horton fiarc© 
did excellently here; small capacity 
house big at $8,000. 

Casino— "Let's Go Places" (Fox) 
(2,400; 40-60). Did nicely with a 
slight edge over average; $11,000. 



DENVER'S MILD WEEK 



"Chance," $10,000, and "Sky Hawk," 
$8,000— "Deck" $8,500, Holdover 

Denver, March 4. 
(Drawing Population: 400,000) 
Weather: Fair 

Balmy weather the past week 
didn't hurt. Tabor did nicely on thi> 
.second week of "Hit the DeoU." 
cnever lo'oi'y conieons and partie.s 
for "Smiths" helped boost, "('anip') 
Kirby" at the America was :i dis- 
fippoinlmtnt. 

Estimates for the Week 

Tabor (Indip) (2,200; 25-40-t!0-7.r) 
"Hit the Deck" (Radio) (2il wcrU). 
Near $8,500. 

Aladdin fFox) (1,500; 35-.-.0-f.ii) 
".Skv Hawk" (Fox). Averag*- week, 
$8,000. 

America (Fox) (1,500; 2(1-3:. -.".m) 
"Cameo Klrby" (Fox). Start. -d "'it 
well but ncse dived; $3,500. 

Denver (Publix) (2,300; •j.-.-4ii.r..-i ) 
"Street of Chance" (Par). Di-l all 
right; 518,800. 

Rialto (Publix) (1.040: L'u-4ii- f.i') 
"Locked Door" (Par). At $3,lt)U a 
little off. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



'13 




McVicker's Leads Loop on 
Oriental $36,50(M:hicago Low, $38,000 



Chicago, March 4. 
McVicker's took the loop lead last 
Tveok' with "Love Parade" at $39,000. 
This boosted by the personal ap- 
pearance of Maurice Chevalier, 
"Thursday (27) grossing $4,300 that 
day. Chevalier in for only one ap- 
pearance, at the supper hour. 

"Chasing Rainbows" let the Chi- 
cago drop to runner-up position, 
with $38,000. Though Bessie Love 
and- Charles King are favs here, the 
backstage musical stuff ruined the 
picture's chances. 

• Third place went to the Oriental 
for "Dangerous Paradise." It marks 
a coniebfick for this house, Avhich- 
wcnt<toto the ^-od ■ preceding week, 

(test, of .the houses far off. "No, 
No, Nanette," toolc the count at tlie- 
Kop.sevelt and y.'inlced after eight 
days. "Anna Christie" came in on 
tin- i-un and started off to holdout 
liusinojss. Norma Talmadgp couldn't 
do a thing fnr '■New Tork NiAhts" 
;U the Vnited Artists, tho picture 
taking only $22,G00 for the first 
Wi'i'K'. One more week, tlicn gives 
w.iy for "Vagabond Kinu." 

I''ron\ tlicse figures the musicals 
rii: 1 IxK'kstage stuff arc about sliot 
ill this town. 

"Royal ]!o.\-," diTinan' talker at 
tlii^ Orplif-um, disaiipriiiited in . its 
scvoHil week, dropping five vrrand to 
ST. (100. '"ITarniony at Homo" moved 

■ iniu the Monroe .nfter playing the 
dc luxe neigliborlioods, and did 

Wi>Il. 

"."^.M-gcant Orisch.-i" did bett-er 
th;in expected for this type of pic- 

■ tiiro, $20,000 on its lir.<;t week. TJie 
oth'^r KKO lio)ise dropped off badly 
and tdolc its lowest figure in weeks 
wiih $24,000. Bill sbnped up weak 
and could claim nn n.amo draw, 
(.'ilhi-r on' screen or st.nge. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Chicago (Pubbx-P, & K): "Obas- 
)ii4' Kainbows" (M-C.) sta.ge' sliow 
t.|..|0(): .-,0-8,")). :Musical didn't stand 
up .nffer n nice striri, letting liouse 
drop under average with $38,000. 

McVicker's (I'uhlix-H K), "Love 
J>ar.Hle- (Par) (l',Rnr); 50-85). Led 
. l-oo)! . with nice ni;irgiii. Chevalier 
.surefire 1[m- fenmies. Better than 
average first week at $39,000. 

Monroe (Vox), . "'Ilarmony. at 
Tl.inie" f Fox-) (1,120; :^0-7r)^. Pl.'ived 
dr> bixe neigliborbouds. First time 
in loop and fair at 55,300: 

Oriental (Publix-B K- K), -Dan- 
gerous Taradlso" (I"ar) stage siiow 
(•3.500: 50-851. House came out. of 
red with $3G,500. Harry Rose ,on 
etaire meant soniptliin.g to the flaps. 

Orpheum ("U'arneiO, "Uoyal Box" 
• (WP.) (799; 50-75-), German hll 
talker dropped liadly and unac- 
connlably on second weel:. Fair. 
IiowfM-er, witli $7,000. 

Roosevelt (Publix-B R: K). "No. 
No. Nhnctte" (FN-) (1.300: 50-85-). 
$15,900 for first eight days, not so 
good. Yanked. "Anna Christie" 
(Af-Ol renlaced and started big. 

Stati'- Lake (RKO), "Let's Go 
Places?' (Fox) and vaude (2,700; 
50-75). Slump with no names ' to 
di-.'iw, -U'eak .at $24,000. 

United Artists (Publix-PA), "New 
York Nitrhts" (UA) (1,700; 50-85) 
• Tahnadcro name couldn't licln ibis 
one much. Poor fLi-st week at $22. 
oOO. One more week, -llien "Vaga- 
bn-Tl King" (Par^). 

Woods fRKO-), ".Sergeant Grise.ha" 
niadio-). Class picture drew c.ar- 
, . riasre trade first weeli. Aver.a'ee 
•, Imsiiiess for tliis hou.se at $20,000. 
. thoueli Psrure better than expecHed 
.J'or I his film. 



"HAPPY DAYS" BIG IN 
BALTO. FOR $16,000 



Baltimore, Jifarcb "4. 
(Drawing Population 850,000)' 
Weather Mild 

Sunday "Sunpaper," for the first 
time, is including neighborhood pic- 
ture houses in its screen fare cal- 
endar. Hearst Sunday paper has 
been doing this for some time. 
"Sunpaper" section is to front page 
a film section from now on by J. 
M. ShcUman, picture editor of the 
paper. 

. Business with mildest late Febru- 
ary weather in years, was fair to 
better last week. "Marriage Play- 
gi'ound," at ' the Century came 
through with a pretty fair weeli, 
and "Street of Chance," at the 
Stanley, matchod previous picture 
at this b.o. Neither ojie of these 
liig Loew controlled thoati-es hit the 
liigh spots, however. ,Tus't satisfac- 
tory averages. L'listalrs Valencia, 
on the contrary, broke the b. o. 
doldrums of ipontbs with "Lilies of 
the - Field" first fun. Best intake 
since Cihrislma.s week. 

J'iig business for the week was 
done by the moderate sized "New 
whore "Happy Days" raiig. up a 
Solid cash register. 

Estimates For Last Week 
Century (Loew), "Marriage Play- 
round" (Parj ■ t.3,200; , 25 -(JO). 
Hdith \Vl)arton stof-y votecl clever 
'ind soi)histicated ; appealed to 
cla.ss trade; $19,500. 

Stanley (Loew, Stanlev-Crandall), 
'Street of Chance" (Par) (3,000; 
25-GO). Fair week; William Powell 
liked here; weather h\irt"the mat 
trade; about $16,500. 

Valencia (Loew-UA). "Lilies of 
the Field" (FN) (1,200; 25-35). 
First runner that made good at this 
roof liouso; ahead of average, about 
$3,400. 

Parkway (Loew-UA), "New York 
Xights" (I'A) (1,000; 25-35). Just 
a good average; better than ex- 
pected, however; picture no sen- 
sation when downtown; struck bet- 
ter stride uptown; satisfactory 
here: $4,000. 

New • (.\r. Mechanic), "Happy 
Day.'i" (Kox) 0,500; 25-50), A 
,sni:ish and holding over; around 

$iG,noo. ' . 

pivoli (Wilson Amu.s. Co.), "Mur- 
der on the Roof" (Col) (2,100; 25- 
GO), Mystery footage scored; about 
$8,000. 

• Keith's— "Sally" (2,500 25-50). 
Suffered pprhai)s from stiff com- 
ptttilion; didn't get big money; 
about $9,000. 

Auditorium (Schanbergers), "Hit 
the Deck" (Radio) (1,572; 25-$l). 
Never got in tlie bit Class; first 
two weeks fair but no big, third 
way off; last week, curtailed to four 
days, "Grischa" in Thursday night; 
foin- days of "Deck"; $2, GOO, 




"Rookery Nook,'' British Made, 
Sets London Record at $20,000; 
Par's "Love Parade" Sensation 



PUBLIX CUTS SCALE FOR 
PORTLAND, DIDN'T HELP 



tViiture.^ oC 



.London. .\l,ai'h t, 
the week iti London 



FRANCIA 



The LOS ANGELES "TIMES" 

said: "Miss l'''i-aneia of Los .Vngeles 
captivated the audience with the 
clear loveliness of her coloratura 
voice, of ;>ciin.ir and her dU-tiou." 

— Imiln:} Morse Joins. 

Featured in Fnncbon Marco's 
Idea in ■•Marble." ■ • 

Tills weelc, Kgyjilian Theatre, 
Hollywood. 



BUFFALO BETTER 

$31,700 for "Chance'*— Century^ $15,- 
6C0i— Lafayette Still in Slump 

Buffalo, March 4. 
(Drawing Population 500,000) 
■ Weather: Rain 

Business decidedly up-grade last 
week. Grosses, with one ccoeption. 
the best in niiiny. weeks, but local 
managers admit it ha-s become 
necessary to spend- heavy for ad- 
vertising in order to draw. 

Present situation appears to be 
that the downtown houses are draw- 
in.g away from the neighborhood, 
which, with few exeeptions, feel the 
effects. 

Estimates for. Last Week 

Buffalo (Publix) (3,000; 3ii-40-05) 
— -Street of Chance" (Par). Crack- 
crjack show with picture he.'ivy on 
interest fOr male draw; $31,7ii0. 

Century (Publix) (3,400; 40-00)— 
"Son of (iod.s" (FN). Some differ- 
ence of o))inion; fair at $15,000. 

Hipp (I'ublix): (2,400; 40-CO) — 
"Seven Days Leave" (Par) and 
vaude. Takings smartly up for 
$18,100. 

Great Lakes (Fox) (3,4O0: 25-35- 
50)— "Devil May Care" (-M-G). Kx- 
cellent offering with good comment 
all round; over $1G,500.' 

Lafayette (Indep) (3,400: 40-00)— 
"Grand . Parade" (Pathe). Real 
slump here; not even anniversary 
bill, heavily underscored, ' drew 
much; around $11,000. 



Portland, Ore., March 4, 

(Drawing Population, 310,000) 
Admish prices took another bump 
lasi week, when Publix dropped 
evening ducats at tlie Portland and 
Itialio from GO to 50 cents as a new 
jierniauent policy. (.)rplieum has 
beei\ ju.ntiling prices lieiwei'ii ."lO and 
".'i cents, ridin.g on the erosi of I'iir 
drawing pietures, l>ul liiiall.v setiles 
at tiu i-enis. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Orpheum tHKO) (JliHui; il,". I'.'.ij - 
'■l'!a,\in,g Around" tl'-.N) and v;ll;^ll•. 
l;e.i;islered fai-rly; ?Jl,fiio. 
• broadway vl'"Xi c.'.'HUi; 2.-'-G0) - 
••Liiluip .Murder Case- (.M-(ii. M>s- 
lery lilm jnillvid Wull; loi) li>;iive at 
^l..'.,Ul>U Willi lOdilio I'eahody held 
over Jii i)erson for 2d week. 

United Artists (.Parker-Foxj (1,-. 
2t)0; 2j-()0). Second week of '-Anna 
Christie" (M-G; jiuiled $7, Out". 

Portland (Publix) (3,500; 25-50) — 
"Slightly Scarlet" (Par). Regisiered 
well; helped house back from dol- 
drums; weak at $7,200. 

Rialto (Publix) (1,500; 25-50)— 
"Rich People" (Pathe). Poorly ex- 
ploited and did badbv $2,500. 

Aider (Parker-.Pox) (l,2ii0; L-5-50) 
— "South Sea Rose" (.Fox). Proved 
okay; ?5,500. 

Music Box (Ilamrick) (2,0<'i0; 25) 
— -'DamCs Ahoy." Program and did 
l)0orly; $G,700. 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (800; 25- 
50) — "She Couldn-t Say No" (WB) 
(,2d week). Fair biz; ?3,000. 

Oriental (Tebbctts) (.2,700; 25-35) 
— "Vagabond Lover" (Radio). W(Mn 
well; novelty radio broadcast of 
Amos and Andy proved okay; $5,000. 

Dufwin (Duffy) (1,400; 25-$1.25)— 
Henry Duffy stock in "It I'ays to 
Advertise"; biz off and slipping; 
$3,5011. 



record takings 
" British mixilo 
in association 
Voice Grama- 
grossed $20,000 
and the start 
at the Carlton 



picture' houses are 
for '-Rookery Nook, 
(Hritis)i I)ominIon 
with His Master's 
jibono Co.), wliich 
at till' New tiallery, 
of "Love I'arade" 
ar a pace of . $25,000. • Called th.'. 

i best Paramount has sent lu re si> 
I far. 

' Estimates for Last Week 

Tivoli — Two dis;ippoii\tineits 
i from .\mei'ica in "Sky Hawk ' 
i(l'o.\), wliieh a\eraged $IV,0U() for 
•a forinii;ht. and llieii two weeks 
lot "llal)iiy |);iy^" i 1-"on i .at a §15,000 
p:ii !•; "I, ill' of Jlo'in-rj Hums ll!ril- 
nuule), eurrent, is dull; oin-iud 
i.\londa\j. 

"i ie.nei al Crat-k" 
Uid and "Ro'okery 
after tile Clitics 
over the ]!rili>.ii 



isb 

\ csierila.v 

New Gallery 
( \V1 ;). Pi iu ed ;i 
.\ook" rushed' in 
had llirowii .a rave 



LONG ON LOCATION 

HollyAvood, March 4. 
"Oregon Trail," Fox outdoor spe- 
cial, will spend four to six months 
on location. 



$20,000 HIGH IN PROV.; 

"Happy Days," $9,500— Majestic's 
Dual Features, $11,000 



Providence, March 4. 
(Drawing- Population 315,000) 
Weather: Unseasonably Hot; 

Another one of those spotty 
weeks. Weather alibi for some 
bouses. Bills about . the best all- 
around entertainment here in aome- 
tfme. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Loew's State (3,500; 15-50)— 
"Devil May Care" (MG). Ramon 
Novarro well liked; feature helped 
by song contest; around $20,000. 

Strand (Ind) (3,200; 15-50)— "No, 
No, Nanette" (FN). Better liked 
than expected; slightly over $11,- 
200; good for this house. 

Victory (RKO) (1,000)— "Happy 
Days" (Fox). Opinions sort of 
divided, but feature pleased; opened 
with midnight show; around $9,500; 
good. 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 15-50)— 
"Party Girl" (Tiff) and "Paris 
Bound" (Pathe). Only double fea- 
ture in town; comment favorable; 
pretty well at $11,000. 

Fay's (Fay)— "City Girl" and, 
Hardeen on stage, Houdinl's 
brother drawing power; about $9,- 
200, okay, 

Albee (RKO)— "Seven Keys to 
B.ildpate" (Radio) and vaude. 
Richard Dix responsible; close to 
$12,111)11; very good. 



Philly Picks Up-Mastbaum at $58,000; 
'King Slow, $14,000- Days', 




Pliiladelphia, March 4. 

Business considerably better In a 
number of the film theatres last 
week, the Masbaum leading the way. 
Big house, with Ted Lewis on the 
stage, and "Dangerous Paradise" as 
the picture, grossed $58,000. Of 
that sum $30,000 was reported taken 
the first two days of the engage- 
ment, Friday and Sature ay of the 
previous week. 

Stanley was anothe" house to 
click. With "Son of the Gods" it 
got $32,000. Best business a Bar- 
thelmcss picture has recoi-ded here 
in .<ieveral seasons. Boyd held up to 
$18,000 on fourth and final -week 
of "Love Parade," May not have 
proved the sensation expectsd, but 
had a very good average for month's 
stay. 

Earle got $20,000, averaj • trade, 
with "Loose Ankles," but the Stan- 
ton was -only $9,000 with "Locked 
Door.s" in its second and final week. 
Karlton had $5,000, a little better 
than average, with "Darkened 
Rooms." 

"Vagabond King" continued a dis- 
appointment at the Aldine where it 
got only $14,000 on its fir.st full 
week. Notices were nearly all 
raves, but picture never really got 
started. Hardly likely it can slay 
more than a month unless biz takes 
a sudden turn. 

"Happy Days" opened to sensa- 
tional trade this week at the Fox. 
gptting $S.O00 on Friday and $12,0i)0' 
Saturday. With that $20,000 to start 
and turn -away trade reported the 
beginning of this week, picture may 
set a new house record. I'icturc 
was originally Intended for Fox- 
Locupt, but that house Is now d.irk, 
probably for good, and big Fox 



specials will go into the Fox the 
atre for grind runs. "Hapi)y Days 
may stay three weeks. 
. Erlanger had "Grand Parade." 
Figured good. for a fortnight, at the 
last minute run was cut to a. week 
and ".Sergeant Grischa" was shoved 
in this week. ■ Erlanger has been 
using weekly change policy of late, 
not so much from desire as diffi- 
culty in finding anything to hold up 
for I'jns. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Mastbaum (4,800; 35-50-75) "Dan- 
gerous Paradise" (Par). Very good 
week largel.v due to presence of 
Ted Lewis' band.; $58,000. 

Stanley (3,700; 35-50-75) "Son of 
the Gods" (FN) (1; t week). Best 
trade for Earthelmess in a long 
time; $32,000. 

Fox (3,000; 90) "Harmony at 
Home" (Fox); Just average with 
around $27,500 Reported; "Happy 
Days" (Fox), which opened Friday, 
got $20,000 In two days and may hit 
house record. 

Erlanger (1.900; 50-7") "Grand 
Parade" (I'athc). expected to hold 
for two weeks, out afl"r one at 
$19,000. 

Aldine fl,500; $1,50) -'Vagabond 
King" (Par) (2d week). First full 
week very disappointing at $14,000, 

Boyd f2,4O0; 40-50-75) "Love pa- 
rade" (Par) (4th week). ICuded 
month's engagement to $1'<.000; not 
quite, as sensational as ho)).^l for. 
but had satisfactory sta.v. 

Stanton fl,700; 35-50-75) "Locked 
Dooi\s" (T.'A) (■2d W( eki, Not up to 
horx's; around $'.',00') in filial w-m.-';, 

Earle (2,000: 50-73) "L 
Ankles" (FN). Av-iagc bu.ln-s:-; 
J20,000 reported. 



Montreal Glad Feb. Is 
Over— One Record Run 



Montreal. Marcb 4. 
(Drawing Population 600,000) 
Weather: Mild. 
February has been one of the 
worst months in the history of' films 

in this city. Most of the main 
stems have only just held to aver- 
age. Several have run perilously 
near red. Feature Is perhaps the 
comeback of silent pictures, since 
the Roxy, 600-seater on the mam 
stem running only synchronized 
films, showed one picture all month. 
This was a British made, "Shiraz," 
which cleaned up around $16,000 at 
50 cent.s. General unemployment- 
and trade depression blamed for, off 
month since pictures have been con- 
sistently good. 

Palace, showing musical films re- 
cently, bad "Nanette" last week 
and fell off to around $17,000. Capi- 
tol took $16,000 with "Street of 
Chance," a picture which might 
have broken records if times were 
not so hard here. Loew's took $14,- 
500 with "Shanghai Lady" ajid 
vaude. • 

Princess held up' fairly on a 10- 
day run of "New York Nights," 
NOrma Talmadge being surefire in' 
this town. Orpheum ttied out first 
British t.ilker in this city, "Black- 
mall," and at 40 cents top got awjiy 
with $4,000 which was good, liis 
.^T;l jesty'.s did big biz with "Jour- 
ney's lOnd" (legit), grossing $13,000 
Estimates for Last Week . 

Palais (FP) (2,700; 40-75)— "No 
No, Nanette" (FN). Poor biz con- 
ditions all over city; musicals also 
not .so popular here; $17,000 not 
good enough for this house. 

Capitol (FP) (2,700; 40-75) 
"Street of Chance" (Par). Powell 
drew, but conditions pushed gross 
down to $16,000. 

Loew's (FP) (3,200; 35-60)— 
"Shanghai Lady" (U). About $14,- 
500: about even with vaude. 

Princess (CT) (2,300; 30-55) — 
"New York Nights" "(UA). Part 
holdover from previous week stood 
gaff well; around $11,000. 

Imperial (FP) (1,900; 3,1-00) — 
"Playing Around" (FN). Middlin' 
atlr.'iction; Viola Dana In person 
got most of play: $9,000. 

Orpheum (f.'T) (1,200; 40)-- 
"Rlaekrnail" 'fBrlti.sh). Attract.e<l 
for $1,000. 

Roxy find) fGiiO: r.O) —'i-IAili-.r/r 
fPritisb") (Ifb week). Itreord nn, 
in this city and lield w<;ll to fini.-i'i: 
$:{.'i00. 



Dominion releasi"; picture did $2ii,- 
000. S(>ttin,g a m^w reccjrd for lh•^ 
house for the p,\st year and a half. 

Capitol — "Hot for. Paris" (I-"oxi. 
avn-aged just-\idiier $2i>,000 for four 
weeks;, "Lone ,Star li.a.nger" (Fox) 
rejdacod for current week. 

Marble Arcli~"l,)lsraeli-' (Wll). 
In its -fourth week and still mark- 
ing u]) r'ccoi-d figures, averaging 
$15,000; looks indefinite, 

Alhambra — "Elstree Calling" 
(Bl). Came off after a fm-tnigiit . 
avenige of $14,000; replaced by 
"Juno and the Paycock," which i.-^ 
doiiig even less; house is under 
lease to British International as a 
show window and run will be forced 
to tlirec wet^ks; "No, No, Nanett'* 
(l''N). under First Natlonal-Pathe 
;iuspices, fidlows. 

London Pavilion — ' 'Condemned." 
(I'A). IiV its eightli week, gradual- 
ly getting into lower averages and 
now around $13,000, although tho 
distributors claim two-thirds cap;ie- 
ity: picture will stay until the end 
of Marcl), when bouse gets a new 
C. B. Cochr.'in revue. 

Regal - "Sally" (FN). Opoiied 
last I''rid.a.v and likely to remain 
three weeks. 

Carlton — "Love Parade (Par). 
With Maurice Chevalier Is regarded 
.as the best thing Paramount has 
sent to London; Earle St. John, 
general manager of the house, 
pegged the picture as .a sensation 
when it was booked and his judg- 
ment is vindicated; averaging $25,- 
0(10 in its third week and looks likely 
to maintain that gait for the next 
month; heavy advance bookings are 
reported and three months' run 
looks set; feature is. the first Par. 
special talker booked for the en- 
tire Gaumont Brltl.sh circuit; esti- 
mate is that the film will net Par- 
aTnount $750,000 In the United 
Kingdom. 

Plaza— "Why Bring That Up?" 
(Par). Moran and Mack item held 
for second week on a gro.ss of $23,- 
000. 

Pavilion and Carlton are doing 
three sessions dally, the others 
four, with the exception of the Al- 
hambra, which does five sho-ws. 



"DECK," $36,000, B'KLYN 



Big 



for' Albee — Paramount Does 
$48,900^Met, $23,700 



Hal Hodler li;i,- b'-'-ii ; pjioii.^ d l<j 
ii'ilidl'j Cori,-t piibli. ity ft.,- [l,e .bin,. 
Criize unit of SoHO -.\rt - \\'o> • 1 ■>'>-;•!'■ 
IJ'j I- .1 nil'- : A.-',' to.'"t. 



Brooklyn, March 4, 
Wltji the sunshine and warmth of 

June in February, picture houses 

downtown felt- the sock. 

Paramount offered the best show 

In town and got $48,900, only so-so 

figure.s. Had "Roadhou.se Nights." 
Fox stepped up with "Lone Star 

Ranger," ,ind the Albee offered "Hit 

the Deck" at pop prices, with plenty 

of vaude. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Paramount — "Roadhouse Nights" 
(Par) (4,000; 35-50-75). One of tho 
mo.st pleasing films seen here In 
months; Jimmy Durante a hit; ' 
$48,900. 

Strand — "Other Tomorrow" (FN) 
(2.800; 25-3.1-50-C0-75). Nothing ex- 
citing. 

Fox — "Lone Star Ranger" (Fox) 
(4,000; 35-40-50-60-75). Satisfactory 
bill for $32,200. 

Met— 'Their Own Desire" (.M-G) 
(3,577; 35-40-50-75). Okav at 
$23,700, 

Albee — "Hit the Deck" (Radio) 
C.'i,21>'; 35-,-0-f.0-7,-|). A ttracted good 
;iitciiil iiwe; $3';, 000. 



U'S 



"FPONT" AT CARTHAY 

1 [oilvv uod, M.ircli -1. 
iv'i.-.i:'.-i ".\i:s Qiii"'t on tlei 
\Vf-;(,.iii Front" is mentioned as tli>» 
pr.ib.ibl'- ^iK C"; sor of ' Tf ippy D.iyt!" 
• ii llie (■.•iirili.'i V ("ir. If. 



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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



"Anna Christie's" 
$19,000 Sparkles 
in Minn.'s Slump 



Minneapolis, Marcli 4. 
(Drawing Population, 600,000) 
Weather: Fairly Favorable 

Prosperity alone the rial to week 
'before last apparently was Just a 
ralljn. In the local theatrical bear 
market. Grosses nose dived again 
last week. "Anna Christie," at the 
Century, moved against the down- 
ward trend by doing a whale of a 
business. 

All amusement houses took It on 
the chin on one of their two best 
days, Sunday, when unseasonable 
mild weather kept much of the 
populace outdoors. Heavy rains 
dented Monday and Tuesday nights. 
After its enormous week with a. 
football idol the Minnesota seemed 
to settle back into Its protracted 
slump. 

Estrmates for Last Week 

Mihnesota (Publlx). (4,200; 75)— 
"Sally" (FN). ' Started out big but 
slowed up badly; weather hurt; 
finished to $24,000; fair. 

Century (Publlx) (1,600; 75)— 
"Anna Christie". ■ (M-G)... .-Critic^ 
and fans raved, and $19,000, prob- 
ably a new record; started- at nine 
a. m. dally. Held over. 

State (Publlx) (2,200; 60)— "Tiger 
Rose" (WB), After good opening 
trade fell away; Injured by unfavor- 
able reviews and word-of-mouth 
raps; around $7,300, light.. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,890; 50)— 
"Grand Parade'.' (Pathe) and vaude. 
Good Biiough show, but nothing to 
excite; : r.bxjut 49,000; off. 

Seventh Street (RKO) (1,500; 60) 
—"Men Without Women" (Fox). 
Picture drew much praise and pro- 
voked considerable comment; about 
$5,000 for second week, better than 
first. 

Pantages (Pantages) (1,600; 26- 
60)— "Peacock Alley" (Tiff) and 
vaude. Mae Murray helped draw 
a littlfe; around $6,000; fair. 

Lyric (Publix) (1,800; 40)— 
"Seven Days Leave" (Par). Drew 
nicely all things considered; $4,500. 

Aster (Publix) (900; 35)— "Wise 
Girls" (M-G). Not much boxofflce 
response; maybe $4,800. 

Grand (Publix) (1,000; 35.)— 
"Condemned" (UA), first half; 
"Flight" (Col), second half. Second 
loop runs; nearly $3,000; satisfac- 
tory. 

Shubert (Bainbrldge dramatic 
stock) (35-$l)— "The 19th Hole." 
Pleasing comedy; pulled fairly well; 
about $4,600. 



$18,200 in Slow Week; 
Bnt Chi Opera, $55,000 



Louisville, March 4. 
(.Drawmg Population, 500,000) 
Weather: Warm 

Chicago Civic Opera Co. was at 
. the War Memorial Auditorium the 
I last half for Louisville's first opera 
' in. 30 years. Guarantors probably 
lost a little money, but Another sea 
son seems assured. Take wag 
around $66,000. 

As to pictures, the Mary Anderson, 
Alanio, Strand and Brown wpre dis- 
appointed on their grosses. Loew's, 
however, did slightly better than 
average with "Devil May Care." 

Estimates for Last Week 
Alamo (Fourth Ave.) (900; 40)— 
"Harmony at Home" (Fox). Gen- 
erally enjoyed, but only $3,100. 

Brown (Brown) (1,509; ^O-pO)- 
'•Street Girl" (Radio). Had the 
ropes out on Sunday, second day of 
new policy of sound, but for an 
opening bill this one simply didn't 
get the patronage; about $3,400 on 
week; split week of "Vanities" (road 
show) pulled $16,000; unless film biz 
picks up, probably stock troupe by 
Easter. 

Mary Anderson (RKO) (1,887; 30- 
60)— "Playing Around" (FN). Alice 
White seems unable to draw here 
against other good films; unim- 
pressive at $2,600. 

Rialto (RKO) (2,940; 30-50)— 
"Seven Days' Leave" (Par.). Cata- 
pulted house into a new low; little 
better than $3,200. 

State (Loew) (3,400; 35-50)— 
"Devil May Care" (M-G).. Appealed 
to the alleged weaker sex and raised 
receipts to comfortable $18,200; both 
local radio stations, hotel and dance 
bands, special windows and per- 
sonal post cards to class apartment 
house dwellers utilized. 

Strand (Fourth Ave.) (1.785; 85- 
. 60)— "General Crack" (WB). Dis- 
appointing, although better than av- 
erage for seven days; $6,700. 

Ritz (Laffell) (1,12jO; 15-36)— 
Fourth week of Laffell's musical 
etock, "Sailing On," . dropped to near 
$2,700. 

War Memorial Auditorium (2,400; 
$7-60-$2.60)— Chicago Civic Opera 
Co. Guaranteed $60,000 for three 
days; receipts close to $56,000 and 
considered highly satisfactory. 



Authors' Incentive 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Authors of stories which 
have been made as sllents are 
using a new gag to put the 
rush act on producers. Scrib- 
blers approach the execs with 
this proposition: - "I have an 
opportunity to dispose of the 
dialog rights to my story. How 
much for the silent rights?" 

Psychology is supposed to 
be that the studio will im- 
mediately become interested, 
offer to buy tbe talker rights 
and remake the story. 



PLAN COUECTIVE BUY 
FROM FUIH TO COAL 



Chicago, March, 4. 
Following the example of other 
small exhib organizations the local 
indie group Illinois Independents, 
a^'e set for collective buying. With 
new contracts about <to be signed, 
this move is figured to save the 
Individual exhib plenty. Besides 
film product the group figures on 
collective buying for coal, trailers, 
advertising, etc. 

. Seyeral attempts have been made 
in the past to forni organisations ftfr 
collective buying but none, with 
the exception of the Coston Book- 
ing circuit, has been successful. Ed 
Brunell, operatoi? of the Metropole, 
several months ago formed the nu- 
cleus of the Small Theatres Book- 
ing company, but' after a futile ef- 
fort, the Idea flopped. Brunell is 
nbw In the indie group and a mem- 
ber of the governing board. 




BABE EGAN 

and her 
HOLLYWOOD RED HEADS 

Just back from a triumphant tour 
of Europe. 

A hit at R-K-O Palace, New 
Tork, last week. 

Now making her first short for 
Warner Bros, in the East. 

Personal Direction 
FRANK DONNELLY 
Bart McHugh Office 



WINTER GARDEN 
WB GRIND AT $1? 



$133,955 Against Pathe 
On "Bride of Colorado" 



Judgment for $133,965, which In- 
cludes Interest since March, 1928, 
and costs, was filed in the New Tork 
Supreme Court last week against 
Pathe Exchange, Inc., on a decision 
of Justice Gavegan directing Judg- 
ment for the. Cinema Finance Corp., 
in. Its suit for $1JJ0,000. Suit arose 
out of a contract by which the 
plaintiff advanced this sum to Bray 
Pictures to complete the filming of 
"Bride of the Colorado." Action 
was brought w^hen the defendant re- 
fused to distribute the films or to 
be held liable for the advances on 
the ground that the film had not 
been delivered in time. 

Plaintiff contended that Elmer 
Pearson, vice-president of the de- 
fendant, was in touch with the film- 
ing operations at all times and that 
the camp In the Grand Canyon, Ari- 
zona, where most of the picture was 
made, was named Camp Pearson in 
his honor. . Plaintiff contended that 
the fact that the film was not fin- 
ished . until March, 1928, after the 
defendant had given wide publicity 
to It, was duo largely to delays oc- 
casioned by the defendant. 

In directing Judgment for the 
Cinema Finance Corp., Justice Gav- 
egan found that Pearson had full 
authority to act for the defendant, 
corporation, and that Bray Pictures 
performed such part of the con- 
tract as It was permitted to per- 
form by the defendant; and that the 
defendant's claim usury in connec- 
tion with the advances by the plain- 
tiff could not be sustained. 



Booth Stick-up 



Chicago, March 4. 
Why. he should pick on operators 
Is not explained, hut a gunm&,n paid 
his way into the Norshore theatre 
to hold up two men in the booth. 
He took. $62 from Arthur Tuckman 
and Arthur Jung. The gunman left 
without waiting to see the picture. 

Richard Salkin, manager of the 
theatre, south side spot, was taken 
for $700, the gunman.getting him as 
he drove his car into the. garage. 



DOUBLE ON TIBBETT 

Pittsburgh, March 4. 
Both May Bcegle, local concert 
Impresario, and Loew's are getting 
a break here on Lawrence Tibbett's 
"Rogue Song," due at the Aldlne for 
run beginning March 17. Miss 
Beegle Is bringing the baritone in 
for single concert appearances 
March 31. Arrangements are under 
way for tie-ups between the man- 
agements. 

Tibbett's concert will be given at 
the Syria Mosque, local music home 
of the highbrows. 



Providing the Job of- recondition- 
ing the Winter Garden can be com- 
pleted In time, the house opens as 
a pop grind in three weeks or around 
March 22 with "Under a Texas 
Moon," the first Warner picture 
under the new policy. 

What the top will bo when the 
Garden goes Into the consecutive 
rating, with pictures to remain oti 
top runs as long as quality and 
business determines, has not yet 
been decided. Present thought Is 
to charge $1. 

Besides opening for the grind at 
around 10:30 a. m. Intentions are to 
run midnight shows as do the op- 
position houses. 

Cost of alterations at the Garden, 
including new entrance and mar- 
quee on 7th avenue, will run Into 
higher figures than at first antic- 
ipated, it is understood, perhaps 
nearly $500,000. Workmen are on 
the Job in day and night shifts, and 
are also working Sundays to finish 
inside of three weeks. 

The Garden will get the pick of 
the Warner and F. N. product for 
the pop runs the same as Par 
gives the Rialto and Rivoli (runs) 
choice over the Paramount on Its 
pictures. 

Although there's nothing definite. 
It Is said that Al Jolson's next for 
WB, "Mammy," may. be the second 
into the Garden. This is In the 
event It Is not held for the new 
Hollywood, New York, opening with 
"Hold Everything" April 2. 



TIFFANY CHAIN PLAN 
TEMPORARILY CHILLED 



Idea of Tiffany to build up a 
chain of Its own . with first runs In 
key centers throughout the country 
has been called off. According to 
a high ofliclal, negotiations entered 
for a number of houses in different 
cities ^ave been dropped. There Is 
no present Intention of rounding up 
houses, although later on the plans 
in mind two months ago may be 
carried out. 

Five houses were taken as the 
nucleus of a chain. Including the 
Gaiety, New York, under a year's 
lease, two houses in Boston, and 
one each in Pittsburgh and De- 
troit. Arrangement with the Shu- 
berts for the Shubert, Detroit, call- 
ing for a percentage of the gross 
as rent, has been cancelled, Tiff re- 
taining the other four. 



Guerlnger Very 111 

New Orleans, March 4. 

Bill Guerlnger, formerly assistant 
general manager of Saenger Thea- 
tres, was striken with ,a severe 
heart attack and taken to the 
Touro Hospital. He has been suf- 
fering from heart trouble for sev- 
eral years. 

His condition is serious, but at- 
tending physicians are optimistic 
concerning hl.s recovery. 



Waiting at the Church" 

(Comedy- Drama in One Act) 



Cast 

Ethylne Claire, lilm actress, the bride. 
Ernest Westmore, studio hairdresser, groom. 
Mrs. Vebda Westmore, Ernest's first wife, 
Muriel, his seven-year-old da;ughter. 
Joe Mingo, L. A. (Daily News) cameraman. 
The Stranger, process server. 

Policemen, newscameramen, villagers, colonyites, lowans, newsboys, 
dogs, rice and confetti. 



Curtain up on. exterior of the West Hollywood Presbyterian Church. 
Wedding In progress in the Interior (off stage). 

Newscameramen are ready with the flash cans flUed. Policemen push- 
ing back mob of eager peasants. 

Mumble of voices from mob. Dying Into ominous hush as doors of 
church open and heard— a voice (from off stage)— "and whom God has 
Joined together, let no man put asunder." 
Voice (masculine, from the mob): Wonder how long they'll stick? 
Voice (feminine fi:om the mob) Shut up, you ain't got no romance. 
Just because you're a scrapper, don't say that married life can't some- 
times he sweet and peacelike; 
Mingo'. Here they cbrii'e Bill. Hope I make the front page. 
Pollcemari^. Push; back there; make room. 

Wedding party emerges. . in lead — Westmore and his bride. Mr.g. 
V^oda Westmore, with.. her daughter, holding her hand, emerge from 
crowd. 

Voice (feminin^y^from the mob), Don't they look peachy— so romantic. 
Whose the woman - with the Jcid ? 

Voice (mascullnpi;^rbm the mob): Perhaps she wants to tell the bride 
some of those secrets", that' old married women tell young ones — you 
know, in advs, My Gawd, she's trying to make the groom. (Mrs. Veoda 
Westmore has thrown her arms around her former husband). Mrs. 
Westmore (in a voice hardly audible): Sweetheart! 
. Westmore, (Looks, for £(, Murad.) 

- . (Mrs» Westmore • released her loving hold. Muriel, the child, grabs her 
father around the neck— Westmore — still searching for that embarrass- 
ment dispeller.) ■. 

Muriel: Oh, papa dear, why don't you give roam-a some money so she 
can buy me some shoes and send nie to school' 
Westmore — (can't find that Murad). 
The Bride, Boo,. boo, boo. 

Voice (masculine, from mob)r Can you beat it? 

Voice (feminine, .from mob) : Perhaps we're fooled. It may be all for 
a picture. 

Voice (masculine, from the mob): But there ain't no cameras no- 
where. 

Groom, , finally pushes the child from him, tenderly, tux-ns to his bride 
and smiles — ^very sickly — then takes a few steps toward waiting auto. 
Stranger Is seen to edge toward the husband. Also Mingo. 

Stranger: Here are the papers. 

Mrs. Veoda: Yes, darling — you're back . on the alimony, you know. 
' Westmore: Seai-chlng for a whole carton of Murads. 

Mingo (getting Into position with his camera): Hold it, everybody, 
smile as the gink hands the groom the papers. 

Groom takes swat at Mingo. Camera falls to the ground, smashed. 
Ad lib policeman in free-for-all. Same for cameramen, spectators and 
guests. Finally groom burst from melee, pulling bride after him, and 
reaches the waiting cai\ To the chauffeur: Westmore, quick, get out of 
here. 

The battle ends. Stranger looks' toward the fleeing auto. 

Stranger: He'll take those papers yet. 

Muriel: Mamma, when can I get my new shoes? 

Mrs. Westmore: Hush darling— look sweet for the photographers. 
Voice (masculine, from the mob) : You can't fool me — this must be re- 
takes for that pitcher "Married in Hollywood." 

Curtain 



RESUME 'BUGLE SOUNDS' 
MAY GO OVER $750,000 



Culver City, March 4. 
With the renewal of Lon Chaney's 
contract at M-G, calling for the 
star to talk, it Is understood the 
studio will soon resume on "Bugle 
Sounds," halted when Chaney pro- 
tested going talker. Director George 
Hill and a cameraman spent sev- 
eral weeks in Africa shooting bat- 
tle scenes between the French For- 
eign Legion and tribesmen for -this 
film. 

Feature is expected to cost up- 
wards of $750,000 and Hill is ex- 
pected to complete direction of 
"The Big House." . 



BAN BBITISH FILM 

Pittsburgh, March 4. 
Tiffany's Olympic was left up a 
tree here last week when the cen- 
sors turned thumbs down on "High 
Treason," British-made picture, 
scheduled to follow "Troopers 
Three." 

'.'Treason" was to have opened 
Saturday and house had gone to 
plenty expense, taking extra space 
In dailies and billboards, since 
booking was a quick orie. Picture 
was shown to local czars Thursday 
night and they voted It out com- 
pletely. 

House forced to yank all ad.s and 
held "Troopers" over. 



SUNDAY CASES DISMISSED 

jMacon, Mo., March 4. 
Police Judge Martin dismissed 
W. J. Gabel, S. E. Pirtle and L. H. 
Meider, local showmen charged 
with unlawful Sunday operation of 
the Dickinson and Valencia the- 
atres. 

Magistrate ruled that repeal of 
the Blue Laws by the City Council 
a month ago removed any ground 
for prosecution. Nevertheless, City 
Attorney Franklin announced he 
would appeal to a higher court. 



Bill Against Chains 



Providence, March 4. 

Legislation designed to prevent 
control of local theatres by monop- 
oly and making any such con- 
tracts illegal, has been Introduced 
by a ranking member of the ma- 
jority party in the Rhode Island 
General Assembly. 

Measure has the backing of in- 
dependent exhibitors Who resent in^ 
vaslon of Providence by big thea- 
tre chains. Rep. Henry W. Schroe- 
der, prominent Republican, has 
served notice that he will put up 
a fight to have this bill enacted be- 
fore the Legislature adjourns next 
month. 



Bankrupts 



TruvlKloii Projection Screen Corp., &4t 
Tiffany St,; liabilities and aHsets j)Ot 
stated. 



Ad Agency's Branch 

Los Angeles, Mar§h 4. 
With most of their clients de- 
manding screen personality en- 
dorsements, the J. Walter Thomp- 
son advertising agency, of New 
York and Chicago, will open an of- 
fice here March 15. 



DANBUEY'S GIFTS 

Danbury, Conn., March 4. 

Everything from postage stamps 
to pianos are; being offered by-:.local 
theatres to get busines.q. Capitol is 
using two gift nights weekly, House 
is starving the other five nights. 

Palace In the red since it opened 
a little over a year ago, is making 
a strong play for business, wltli 
prizes awarded on door checks. 



Robert Ellis for "What. Men 
Want," Ernest Laemmle, rtii-ei-ting, 
Univ. 

Lionel Belmore to "Mile. Mo- 
diste," FN. 



Wednesday, March 5,. 1930 



VARIETY 



15 



Continuous 
Record - Breaking 
Perf o r m a n ce 



25 owings 
21 Records 

"Broke all records" . Stanley, Pittsburgh 

"Exceeded all records New Haven, Bridge* 
port, Hartford" . . , D. Jacoclcs 

"Exceeded record-breaking business done 
with 'Sally'" . . Panfheon, fo/edo 

"Unanimously acclaimed greatest picture 
of year" . S/ieas Century, Buffa/o 



"Good for three weeks" 

Peskay, Stanley, Phila 

"Turned away as many as we showed to 

Mainstreet, Kansas City 

"Impossible to handle crowds" 

Community, Miama 

"Greater than 'Sally' and 'Nanette 

Paramount, Atlanta 

3 weeks at State, Detroit 

3 weeks at Warner's Downtown, Los Angeles 

3 weeks at California, Frisco 

"Business great. Holding for 2nd week" 

Metropolitan, Washington 

"Best entertainment of year 

Palace, Montreal 

"Greatest attraction for winter vacationists" 
Warner Bros. Theatre, Atlantic City 

"Greatest box-office attraction of season' 

Palace, Dallas 





arlhelme$ 




CONSTANCE BENN ETT 

In REX BEACH'S 
Great story directed by FRANK LLOYD 

y Irad!*/ King TtCHNICOLOR SCINIS 



^J^e Biggest Hits Tttts Year Are 

FIRST HATIONAL-te^ 



Pictures( 



REG._ 

"YitapTion*" li Ihs r»a!il*r*il Irod* mark of th* Virophon* Corp, dtilsnoling ill produclt 




First National^ 
Has The Three 
Outstanding 

Smash - hit 
k Sensations 
k Of The 




Industry! 





MARILYN MILLER 



in the all Technicolor Production 



s 



A 






/ 



with i\lexander Gray, Joe E. Brown,. Pert 
Unmatched Grosses. Unbelievable Profits. Extended runs ever 




RICHARD 



BARTH 








In The Supreme Box-Office Senst^sfOEii Of The Centyry 



SON OF T 

From Rex Beach's Great Story With Constance Bennett. 






Poiv Technicolor 





N 



N O 




N A N E T T 

■ ^ with Alexander Gray, Bernice Claire, Louise Fazenda 
Part Technicolor. I^astest Girl-And-Music Comedy-Romance^ver Produced 



First National & \1 




k Pictures 



"yimftm*" h ••>• rathtafMl trad. RMrk cf Ih* Vlhiphena Corp. dMlgMtlnt 'K pnMt 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



VARIETY 



17 



V\ 1 



SOOS9 



When New 
Records Are 
Made, These 
Three First 
National 
Pictures Will 
Make Them! 






SO N G 



O F 



THE FLAME 

Will Be Heard 'Round The World 
with Alexander Gray, Bernice Claire, Noah Beery, Alice Gentle 

All Technicolor. 5000 in the cast! 

SHOW GIRL IN 
HOLLYWOOD 

with Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet, Ford Sterling, John Milfan , 
Part Technicolor. Based on J. P. McEvoy's nationally famous best seller 

BRIDE OF THE 
REGIMENT 

with Vivienne Segol, Allan Prior, Walter Pidgeon, Louise Fazenda, 
Ford Sterling, Myrna Loy, Lupino Lane. All Technicolor 

SOON/ RICHARD BARTHELMESS 

The Greatest 

of All Air Epics in "THE DAWN PATROL" 



The Pride and Joy of the Trade 



18 



VARIETY 



P I € T U R E S 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Report Par and Warners Giving 
Around $110,000 in Cash Prizes 
To House Mgrs.-Diiferent Ideas 



Two chains, Publlx and Warners, 
have notified their house managers 
that casli prlsses will be distributed 
amongst the prize winners for the 
best business stimulators. 

This situation is to be gauged for 
the cash division through increased 
net earnings by. the house or the 
gross. With Publix it is reported 
tlie net profit by the house will de- 
cide the lieaders for tlie prize dis- 
tribution. "With Warners it is said 
the house managing leaders will be 
chosen according to the increase of 
their grosses. 

Publix, it is reported, will divide 
$35,000 in cash for the three months 
dating from April 1, next. War- 
ners, another story states, will 
throw $75,000 into a split pot for 
the month of March. Or maybe 
longer. 

The idea of the net profit being 
the deciding factor ajjpears a check 
ppon the house man becoming too 
(extravagant in- piling up a gi>oss 
without leaving enough profit, while 
the gross figuring seems to be a 
preventative against the house 
manager falling into too strict an 
economy wave, to erect a higher 
net at the expense of the gross. 
Lea-ving an argument against 
either. 

It is said the total amounts of 
the respective prizes will be split 
several ways, and to include each 
theatre division within the chain, 
rather than as a grand prize from 
the entire circuit. In the general 
split any number of house men may 
find themselves declared in, with 
the probability the diCfei'ent chains 
will set a quota oh each house aind 
division to insure rapt attention to 
nil details, including or excluding 
economy. 

Division Managers 
It is expected that with the first 
division and the house managers 
seeing real currency split vip among 
the victors, the second period 
within each organization will Ipr/ng 
forth spirited house direction 'ifor 
the succeeding melon cuttings.' 

It's something new and strange 
for house managers, with most of 
the latter believing they are of a 
forgotten era, Just a part of the 
stamp system, and not expected to 
know about bonuses. Especially is 
It believed those house managers 
will snap up their spines and get 
down to cases who have been led 
to believe that their division man- 
ager is in reality the chain's general 
operator, 
■ House J managers who are In* 
formed that the division manager 
Is the czar and don't dare to wire 
or wr|te. except through Jiis office 
may come back to the living if some 
find themselves in the prize money. 
What may become of the hideaway 
division manager, no one seems to 
care, with the general operators and 
their staffs' only wish that tliose 
hideaways will be smoked out 
sooner or later — the sooner the 
better. 



IOWA'S FIRE EPIDEMIC; 
RKO HOUSE INCLUDED 



Sleep Thru Fire 



Chicago, March 4. 

Fire In the Empire, grind 
house, meant nothing to the 
usual crowd of sleepers, who 
go to a picture and a snooze 
for a..dime. ■ They snored peace- 
fully while firemen put out a 
blaze in tne projection room. 

A print lo'f "Unt4med," (M- 
G) was destroyed. 



Davenport, la., March 4. 

Epidemic of theatre fires through- 
out the state recently was topped 
by the backstage blaze at the local 
Capitol (RKO) last ISriday. 

Workmen welding,, sound equip- 
ment with an acety^en'e torch igr 
nlted a di-op. Fire gutted the 
stage, scenery and - damaged the 
organ. Theatre closed that nighi 
but reopened Saturday afternocjn 
with sound equipment rushed froni- 
Chicago. Damage estimated at 
$80,000. 

At Charlton, . la., last week fire 
destroyed the Ritz theatre, owned 
by Harry Cramer, with a loss of 
$40,000, including sound equipment. 
Lincoln theatre building, near the 
blaze, had its. jyalls dynamited in an 
attempt to halt advance of the 
flames. Damage was $30,000 here'. 

Woodbine theatre, at Woodbine, 
la., also suffered from fire of unr; 
known origin. Wire consumed here, 
too, for loss of $7,000. House, owned 
by Fred Oviatt, whd "will rebuild. 



Dept. Justice Turns Down 
03s on Advance Attitude 



COURT ACTION 
FAVORED IN 
CHI. MUDDLE 



Would Void Homan Deal 

Chicago, March 4. 

Lottie Cooper, for the Homan 
Theatre Co., which operates the 
Twentieth Century and Gold the- 
atres southwest spots, has filed 
suit against Edwin Silverman and 
Sidney Spiegel, Jr., of the Essaness, 
Theatres Corp. to restrain Silver- 
man and Spiegel from proceeding 
against the theatres, and to set 
aside certain deals which the com- 
plainant charges were Illegal. 

According to complainant, Silver- 
man inveigled" her to sign certain 
papers which gave him control of 
the houses. 

Superior Court has Issued an in- 
junction agalijst Silverman and 
Spiegel restrafning them from pro- 
ceeding with operation of the 
houses and ordering them to show 
cause and to deliver books cover- 
ing the time of their operation. 



Washington, March 4. 
New policy of the Department of 
Justice of going over contemplated 
mergers In advance for either" an 
appvoval or a warning of a suit Is 
now' coming back on officials there.' 
Picture industry was the first Ito 
be picked on, Pox being the Initial 
sufferer, the Department approv- 
ing the Loew purchase and th^n 
withdrawing that approval. 

Now, two of the oil compaitieSj^ 
Standard and Vacuum, want' to 
merge on a massive scale. >\ '.. , 
• ' Oil firms attempted to get tlie 
attitude of the Department in ad- 
vance, as did Paramount and 
Warner but the oil group was given 
the same answer. Instead of 
abandoning 'the idea, however, the 
oils are forcing the Department 
into a test case. 

Result of this will undoubtedly 
have considerable bearing on fu- 
ture picture mergers. 

Department of Justice will contest 
the Fox attorneys' claim that any 
governmental action • In the Fox 
stockholders tangle Is properly a 
matter for the Federal Trade Com- 
mission. 

Department will file in New York 
today (Tue.qday) a petition for a 
hearing, March 11, to test Its juris-: 
diction under Section Seven of the 
Clayton Act. Department Is hoping 
the judge will rule in its favor and 
establish a precedent. 

Meanwhile the department is 
pressing against Warners demand- 
ing that this company make another 
answer because its first consisted of 
irrevelent material which meant 
nothing, according to officials. 



I • ' "Chicago, March 4. . 

With arbitration out and claiinp 
'llilihg Mp,' lo'iial exchanges are ' defi 
initely set for court action. Several 
cases have already been taken to 
the county court. This district 
averages $500,000 aniiually in claim 

squawks. Since the Thacher de'r 
cision exhibs have been Jumping 
contracts, refusing' -to piclc .aip 
j)rlhts, and in' other ways cutting 
up. 

To ;remedy the, situation the local 
diistributo'rs ^r'e searching eagerly 
for some mean?, of bringing the 
rampant exhibs > around. Recourse 
to the courts seems to be the first 
delieqtion. Most of , exhibs, however, 
feel that it's a" long way off before 
legal action cfin ,tpuch them and 
the 'exchanges are' also wary of the 
legal steps. Several are giving in 
to exhibs' demands and rewriting 
contracts. Other exchanges are us- 
ing their special features as the 
usual club. 

Witli present contracts, .expiring 
within eight weeks distributors a.re 
planning a 'return to the old de- 
posit system. . Several will demand 
25% down ' on . the . signing of the 
papers. 



Inside Stuff-Pictures 



With producer^ thinking iip pretty names! fot. shorts,: the trailer lads 
are planning to change' the name of their product to something classy. 
They figure that the public has commenced to notice the trailer, and 
that while that name oke for the trade the public needs a niftier 
handle. ' ■ ' 'l 'i ' ^ • 

According to trailer ^isclples ; thp talker advertising film has* opened 
up new fields and has demonstrated to both the exhib and the public 
that the trailer can be as Interesting as any short, and can be made St 
definite part of the entertainment. In fact, some Indies here are run- 
ning trailers Instead of shorts. 

Plans were. to. run. a nation-wide contest for a name but the trailer 
men are off this IdeiS because of the squawks and kickbacks usually re- 
sulting from contest£f, - 



MGR. JHICqAp DIES 
ACTING AS PEACEMAKER 



JUST A DECBEE TO IflUnf. 

Minneapolis, March 4. 

Film distributors here have been 
served with Judge T. Thacher's de- 
cree ordering the dissolution of ar- 
bitration boards. , 

Local Film Board of Trade has 
made no effort for many months t6 
enforce arbitration, so the decree 
was meaningless locally. 



Mae Murray Out 

Hollywood; March 4, / 
Tiffany is not exercising its op- 
tion on Mae Murray. 
-. Company foregoes three addi- 
tional Murray pictures permitted 
by option. 



MATSON BOATS WIBED 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Matson Steamship Co., operating 
five passengers ships betw^een here 
and the Orient, installed Its first 
sound equipment, RCA, on the Ra- 
dio's "Girl of the Port" got the 
oceanic premiere. 

Other boats bel.»nging to the 
company will be wired as they ar- 
rive at San Francisco. 



In an effort to pr.cify two women, 
who had engaged in a wordy battle 
in Loew's 42d Street theatre near 
the Grand Central station, Neyr 
York, Friday night (28), A-bfahara 
Michaels dropped dead of:"a heart 
attack. Mr. Michaels wa^i manager 
of the house which plays oiily 'pic- 
tures; • - . . . -, ^ 

The police arrested Mrs. Marie 
Stovi-oe, of 213 East 58th St., when 
they were told that she had struck 
Micliaels with a brief case contain- 
ing books. Following the blow, 
MichAels took a few steps and then 
toppled over. 

''Dr.i.'.Munsazk, . '.olt ,the Ruptured 
and Crippled Hospital, who was 
summ,on"ed,:State,d that heart trouble 
had caused immediate death. 

Mrs. Stovroe was taken to the 
East 35th Street statiop, pending 
further Investigation. 



BEACON STICKS TO PICS. 

Warner Bros, will not play yaude 
Ville a.t- the ; Bea,cpn, New York. 
House remains straight pictures. 

Warner booking., office con 
templated- jiliying: , fWlnnie Lightner 
at the Beacon as one of- her four 
.contracted ?ta^e. ,vir,eekq but the deal 
missed' fire.' Ihstjillation of a stage 
policy at thje Beacon went out with 
Witihie. ' : 



JANITOBS' DEMAin)S 

Chicago, March 4. 

Theatre janitors' union is asking 
for a six day week, eight. hour day, 
and minimum of 80c. an hour for 
men and 70c for women, on the 
contract which goes Into effect 
March 11. 

Consen-Sus Is that the Janitors will 
get, at most, $2,50 weekly Increase. 



AUGUSTAJS NEW HOUSE 

Augusta, Me., March 4. 

Erection of a new picture theatre 
iiere is planned by the Cloutler 
Real Estate Co. Firm states one- of 
the big film chains is behind the 
house, but. no names are mentioned 

Augusta Theatre Co.- currently 
controls the town's two theatres, the 
Colonial and Opera House. 



"Lone Star Ranger" (Fox) Is the big surprise of the' year in the mid- 
west, it has been doing better than many specials, and In many spots 
has bettered the mark <yt "Cockeyed World." Picture. Vates as a tremen- 
dous money maker for the exhibs, who had the film dpVn on the regular 
contract ll3t> -, ■with.: picture grossing an average of ^7^500. weekly on a 
rental., o£ '^S'S^j^V- - f 

; At.vthe ^'o^t Mdnroe, small Chicago- loop spot, It came^, within an ace 
of brfeakinfi: thie . house mark. At the Norshore, flop spot of th^H^. & K. 
circulj:, it played "to holdout trade, and ripped through the Great States 
houses; throughbut Illinois, breaking records and bettering figures of big 
specials. Trade was so evident on the film, that Publix grabbed , the 
picture for all its- A houses. 



President Hoover has sent the name of U. S. District Judge Thatcher, 
who held the uniform contract and compulsory arbitration to be. illegal, 
to the Senate as the new Solicitor General of the U. S. to; succeed Chief 
Justice Hughes' son who resigned when his father was elevated to the 
'Supreme Court. 

Move by the President is taken in Washington as an official okay of 
Tliatcher's record as a judge, the outstanding feature of which was his 
decision which has so u'f)set the picture industry. As Solicitor General 
he will have charge of the Government cases in the Supreme Court. In 
the usual course he would be In the unique situation of defending his 
own decree before that highest court should his picture decision ever 
reach that tribunal. It is not held likely, however, that Thatcher would 
appear as counsel in such a development, he requesting another of the 
department's attorneys to appear in his stead. 



New angle for the small exhibs in the Chicago district Is the sudden 
realization of the value of exploitation. Indies In this locality have, 
in the past, b^en satisfied to sit back and let the loop de luxers exploit 
pictures, and expected the public to remember the exploitation when 
the films hit their small houses. 

New Idea, however. Is seen In the sudden advertising and general 
exploitation splurge by the small theatres. They are going In big for 
spreads In the dallies, even hiring press agents and artists by banding 
together for group exploitation. They are all plugging with the idea 
that their sound is as good as that of the loop houses. 



Starting this month, ^aramount-Publix will begin Its campaign to 
convert the signs all over the circuit to read Paramount-Publix. Changes 
will not be drastic, but the original labels, such as Kunsky, Finklestein 
& Ruben, Saenger, etc., will be made very small and secondary. 

In. the smaller districts^ the changes will go Into elfect immediately, 
and In time the original names will be removed entirely. The name of 
Baia.ban and Katz will be the last to be eliminated. 



At the Kamera, Berlin, in the habit of showing film revivals, two 
picture versions of Hans Heinz Ewers' novel, "The Student of Prague," 
are on view. One was made in 1913, with Paul Wegner in the lead, and 
the other in '26 with Conradt Veldt. Latter work Is still satisfactory fare, 
made especially so by the playing of Werner Krauss In a devil's role. 

Old picture is hopelessly antiquated, so the house got the Idea of 
(Continued on page 54) 



Fox^s Many Offers 



Peter Milne is writing a Western 
at Patho for Eddie QuiUan. 

Jimmy Starfr for scenario dep't. 
Col, Russell Ball for stills, Gloria 
Swan-son's "What a Widow." 

Vic Potel, Don Terry, Wesley 
Barry, Frank Glendon, Harry Von 
Meter, and Marjorie Kane for 
"Down by the Rio Grande," Tif- 
fany. 

Frank Albertson for "So This Is 
London," Fox. 



(Continued from page 9) 
amount-Publlx and Warners 
hopeful of securing the Fox west 
coast chain. 

One story Is that if William Fox 
sells his interest and agrees to va- 
catb the Fox presidential oflaces, he 
will declare in advance his prefer- 
ence as the purchaser of the Loew 
stock held by Fox. That preference 
is claimed to favor the Nicholas 
Schenck group, from whom William 
Fox made the original purchase. At 
what price Fox might sell Loew's is 
problemajtical, but any book loss on 
that stock, for which Fox paid about 
an average of 110, would be stood 
off, it Is claimed. If Fox placed the 
present pi'ofit possible on a Fox 
West Coast sale against it. 

As Variety went to press Justice 
Aaron J. Levy, who received briefs 
yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) at 
two o'llock in the suit for an order 
to show cause why Halsey, Stuart 
and Electrical Research Produc- 
tions should not be restrained from 
voting 50,100 shares of Class B 
stock in Fox Films and 100,000 
shares of Class B in Fox Theatres, 
stock held by the Bankers Trust 
Co. and which only William Fox 
can now vote, said that his decision 
may not be ready until after 10 
a. m. today (Wednesday). This Is 
the hour scheduled for the stock- 
holders* meeting of Fox Theatres 
to consider banking plans sub- 
mitted. If his decision is not ready 
by that time justice Levy stated 
that a postponement of an hour or 
two, longer if necessary, would have 
to be made. 

While Justice Levy was consider- 
ing the case before him, details of 
the so-called Halsey, Stuart & Co. 
banking plan were made known. 
This is called a plan offerei". by the 
voting trustees which means John 
E. Otterson and Harry L. Stuart, 
trustees, with William Fox under 



an agreement dated Dec. 3. 

This plan proposes offering of 
$40,000,000 of 6%% debentures and 
1,150,000 shares of Class A new 
common stock to stockholders at 
$30 a share In proportion to hold- 
ings. Offering will provide a total 
of $74,500,000 and will be available 
to both Class A and B stockholders 
In Fox Films. These new deben- 
tures are convertible into common 
at $30 a shai-e for each $1,000 bond 
after 6 months and within five 
years. No preferred stock, as 
planned under the opposition (Leh- 
man Bros) plan will be issued and 
the total compensation to Halsey, 
Stuart will be less than 10% or 
the difference between $90 and 
whatever figure the debentures are 
offered at. 

Also the Halsey, Sttiart plan dif- 
fers from the other In that there 
will be no bonus In common stock 
in addition to this commission. Un- 
der the plan. Fox TJjeatres will cre- 
ate an issue of $40,000,000 In 1% 
debentures to be offered to stock- 
holders of Fox Theatres and under- 
written by Fox Films. Attorneys 
for Otterson and Stuart claim their 
plan is cheaper than the other by 
$30,000,000 and provides for $9,050,- 
000 more at the start. 

Only Fox Can Vote 

Justice Levy declared late Tues- 
day that he had not yet gone over 
the Halsfy, Stuart plan thoroughly. 
His only comment on the injunc- 
tion proceedings before him w-tp 
that as things now stand only Wil- 
liam Fox can vote stock h^M by 
Bankers Trust. 

It is unusual for a State Supreme 
Court to decide an issue bearing 
upon proceedings of any nature 
pending in a Federal Court. Justice 
F. J. Coleman, hearing receivcivship 
actions, told Justice Levy, accord- 
ing to the latter, that he still will 
try to avoid receivership. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



VARIETY 



Study THE pat he 
Comedy RELEASf^ 
For 





,Dar1ctown Follies^ 

Jliexlclngslo^ '^oiorecl"''comedYj 
Buclcx&-.BubUe9, }n anollierjof) 
llieirlalready famous HugK Wilev' 
Salurclay^ Evening ^ Posi slorieSr 




His BirlkdaY SuH 

THe Gordon Boslocic producHori 
of a hundred laughs. wilK Dr. C&rl 
Herman/Sieve Mills, Billy Green,N 
Cliff- Bragdort-A'vaudeville .hill 




FiflY Miles from 



Peppy|s!eppingvJn3 RubevilleJ 
Wilh Harry B. Watson. Reg Mer> 
ville and Olga Woods.: Anolhef* 
&aU^addo^Ll a5« producl 



lorv. 




Honest Crooks 

LBuclc:&!BuBble3;:gallivanHng with, 
^^poolcs,iseer^leii(i, forlune-lellersj 
Jnia HilarlbusTen-cblored comedy^ 
^Ayai^B'ol Iron* slarl lo- finish.. 




TlielBeaiit^Spot 

Galaflen^jgags g^lore!\^ilh Bobt)^ 
Carne^Ceorgd/McKayT!: Doris) 
Davsoa'J^^lafle Daynerand Eddiej 
Ellclnlkst:orlc|I^(amous.korcheslraL 





OU'LL SEB 
WHY 4 OUT 
OF EVERY 5 
THEATRES 
WI RED FOR 
SOUND ARB 
PLAYING 



Pat HE 

Come d i e:s 



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VARIETY 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



The UNITED ARTISTS HIT RECORD IS 
NOW 13 OUT OF 13 PICTURES RELEASED 



Joseph M. Schenck presents 

HARRY 

RICHMAN 

"PUTTIN 

t'h\ ritz 

with JOAN BENNETT 

James Gleason — Lilyan 
Tashman — Aileen Pringle 
MUSIC and LYRICS 

IRVING BERLIN 

Directed by 
Edward Sloman 



<<Puttin' on the Ritz'' is the 
present $2.00 sensation of 
N. Y. 

Newspapers praised it as best 
all around entertainment of 
the year. 

'^Richman puts over his songs 
like a million dollars/' said 
the Graphic. 

''Boy,0 boy,will this one clean 
up at tKe box-office — ^^and 
rightfully/' said the News. 
''The best talkie-singie to 
reach Broadway." 

''A box-office hit. A triumph 
for United Artists. A picture 
that gets under your skin/' 
said the World. 

''Lively/ tuneful and effective 
songs. that stand every chance 
of a deserved radio, phono- 
graph and orchestral popu- 
larity/' — Tribune. 

"Joan Bennett so beautiful 
audience broke into audible 
spasms every time she walked 
across the screen/' —Post. 

"Jimmy Gleason is grand and 
Lilyan Tashman amusing." 

— Journal. 



Joseph M. Schenck preserrs 

HERBERT 
BRENON'S 

Lummox 

by FANNIE HURST 



Winifred 
Westover 

ien Lyon - - Edno Murpny 
Wiliiarn Collier, Jr 



"'Lummo.x' is easily one of 
the finest pictures to date." 
— Kann in Motion Picture News 

"Th9 talkies have shown noth- 
ing more absorbing. A picture 
of unusual entertainment 
quality." — San Francisco Call 

and Bulletin. 

"'Lummox' wins high praise. 
Is powerful, compelling." 

— San Francisco News. 

"Will leave its imprint upon 
the memory of all who see It. 
Mil s Westover's portrayal 
one of the most profoundly 
impressive that the screen — 
silent or sound — has given 

— Examiner. 



Joseph V,, Schenck presents 

FANNY 
BRICE 

"Be 
Yourself" 

- HARRY 
GREEN 

Robeir A'-^v- — - - 



us 



ft 



"Woman should fall heavily 
for 'Lummox.' Will find it 
vital, unusual anc| decidedly 
lovely*" — Louisville Courier 

Journal. 



T h o r r 



"Excellent work by Fannie 
Brice. Harry Green Is very 
funny. Good dancing and 
singing. "-^Hartford Coufant. 

"Fanny Brice always funny 
and ebullient In spirit. Harry 
Green is a whole show In him- 
self. Comic anjd smart. Arm- 
strong with another pugilist 
characferixation that is clever 
and convincing and ot the 
same time entirely different." 
— Detroit Free-Press. 

"Just what her customers 
like. Sings 'Cooking Break- 
fast for the One I Love' and 
'Kicking a Hole In the Sky'— 
her gestures and rapidly 
changing expressions bring 
back fond memories of Old 
Follies days."— Detroit News. 



Inspiration Pictures presents 

HENRY KING'S 

''Hell 
Harbor" 

""h LUPE VELEZ 

Jean Hershci' 
John Holland — Al S' Jon?' 

One of mos! 
unusuol romances ever Timed 



"'Hell Harbor' can stand on 
its own legs without any bally- 
hoo because it measures up 
to every standard of a great 
photoplay. This is a mirror re- 
flecting the emotions of man- 
kind, romance and lust, greed 
and the {oy of youth." 

— Tampa Morning Tribune.- 

"It's guaranteed to cure the 
worst case of extreme ennui 
brought on by qn overdose 
of synchronized boom-boom. 
Lupe Velez is gorgeous — a 
small sensation." 

— Sc'reenland Magazine. 

"Mark this down in your.date 
book as something that 
should NOT be missed. 

Exhibitors Herald. 



means 




FASHIONED BY 
UNITED ARTISTS 

UILT FOR BIG 

Mary Pickford's '^Coquette/' 
Roland West's "Alibi/' 

Ronald Colman in "Bulldog Drummond" "Condemned," Gloria 
Swanson in "The Trespasser," Norma Tdlmadge in "New York 
Nights," Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in "Taming of the 
Shrew," "The Locked Door," "Three Live Ghosts/' 

The ARISTOCRATS of the SCREEN 



BUSINESS 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



FILM REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



21 



Talking Shorts 



CHESTER CONKLIN 
«The Master Sweeper" 
Comedy Sketch 
12 Mins. 

Warners, New York 

Vitaphone 969 

Droll and amusingly Idiotic satire 
on ijrlde of profiessioh as manifested 
In a street cleaner whose fellow 
workers have presented him with a 
silver inlaid brush and broom in 
testimony of his great work after 
Ithe Lindbergh parade. Distinctly dif- 
ferent as shorts go, and will find an, 
easy welcome for that reason. 

It has been well directed by Ar- 
thur Hurley. Story adapted by Stan- 
ley Rauh from a synopsis by Wal- 
lace Sullivan (Variety). 

Especially interesting Is a vamp 
played by an unknown actress of 
enormously Intriguing screen per- 
sonality. This lady ia a bet for pic- 
tures. She has a new variation of 
"it." ^ 

"Master Sweeper" Is an outstand- 
ing satire of the school of humor re- 
cently elevated to popularity by 
Chic Sale's "The Specialist." Much 
references to cavalry, and smartly 
handled in all departments. 

Land. 



Mary 



RUTH ETTING 
.With Humprey Bogart, 

Phillips 
Song Sketch 
8 Mins. 

Warners, New York 

Vitaphone 960 

' AS a device for getting away from 
straight song purveying and sur" 
rounding ballads with production 
while, at the same time, making the 
heart lament reasonable, this is an 
ingenious pattern. Miss Etting has 
never before spoken lines although 
having appeared for Paramount and 
(Warners in half a dozen singing 
shorts. This one, like her other re 
leases, will be liked. With the addi 
tlonal utility of escape from same 
ness in presentation it can class as 
a quality short. 

Humprey Bogart and Mary Phil 
lips, well known dramatic actors, 
provide the mechanics for Miss Et- 
ting's heart break via her love for a 
conceited sheik with an undivulged 
■ wife in the background. Written by 
Stanley Rauh and directed by Ar 
thur Hurley. Land. 



"IN OLD MADRID" 
Travelog 
9 Mins. 
Met., B'klyn 

Fitzpatrick 

Silent travelog film with a hid- 
den male voice and accompanying 
nuisical score by Nathaniel Shll- 
kret and hia Victor Recording Or- 
chestra. For neighb houses only, 
and a filler at that. 

Scenes take in both Madrid and 
neighboring ancient town of Sala- 
manca. All acenes are outdoor and 
detail styles worn by inhabitants, 
and give views of Madrid park, its 
cops, the royal palace and the road 
to Salamanca. 



"BUSY FINGERS" 

With Leon .Navarra 

Pianofog 

10 Mins. 

Loew's New York, N. Y. 

Columbia 

Good fiiler. Pleasant entertain- 
ment and well recorded without at- 
tempt at gaggy dramatics or audi- 
ence hypnosis, but traveling along 
on own naerits. 

From i technical viewpoint, the 
short is important in that it gives 
evidence how entertainment in the 
one and two-reelers can be simple 
yet get over. No background set, 
Kavarra merely having a grand 
piano. Chatters and plays in a neat 
way. Subject should not be con- 
fused with the one Navarra made 
In similar style for Vitaphone. 

He gives various examples of his 
playing ability, starting oft with a 
popular number and then into a 
one-hand bit. A classical number 
Is trailed by a medley for the finish 

Navarra has been an m.c. of note 
for Loew. Figures as opportune in 
those spots he has played. 



"HAPPY GOLF" 
Grantland Rice Sportlight 
7 Mins; 

Loew's New York, N. Y. 

Pathe 

As interesting a Grantland Rice 
Sportlight as yet spread on the 
screen. Sound and dialog has done 
a lot for this series, if "Happy Golf" 
is a criterion. Tliis one at lea.st do 
.serves a place where there's room 
for shorts. 

Locale ia Pinehurst, N. C, and the 
action is mainly concerned with a 
KuIC les.ton by Alex Morrison, who 
illustrates about everything there 
i-s to know about the game. 
lii'Kicles being unusually entertalrt- 
inK. "Happy Golf" is very instruc 
tive, and a lot of people will like 
it for that reason, if no other. 
Stances, swings, body movo.ments, 
eti'., arc demonstrated, and in the 
primer manner, so that anyone can 
understand, even tc-nnis players 
Com.'rty has also been worked in 
where fitting, with a colored caddy 
and dubs to supply the laughs. 

IXCX Photophone recording and 
photography o,k. Char, 



Program Layouts 



nORSHORE 
(122 Mins.) 
(First Half, 3-6) 
Sound News and 

Pathe Review.. Film, 15 min. 
"Jailbirds" (sing- 
short) Dislc, 0 min. 

Organ Solo 9 min. 

"Sacred Flame".. Disk, 63 min. 
"Dangerous Fe- 
males" (com- 
edy short) Film, 20 min. 

Trailers 6 min. 

SENATE 
(144 Mins.) 
(Second Half, 7-9) 

Combination News 

Film, 12 min. 

"Then and Now" 

(comedy short) .Disk, 7 min. 

Organ Solo 9 min. 

"Hallelujah" ...Disk, 103 min. 
"Wild Waves".. 
(Sound Car toon). Film 7 min. 

Trailers 8 min. 

(First Half, 10-13) 
(145 Mins.) 
Combination News 

Film, 12 min. 

Van and Schenk - 

(singing short) .Disk, 9 min. 

Organ Solo 9 min. 

"Phantom of the 

Opera" Disk, 90 min. 

"Don't Beleive It" 
(comedy short) 

Film, 19 min. 
Trailers 6 min. 



FOX ATLANTA 
(143 Mins.) 



>Sound News 8 min. 

Organ, S min. 

Cartoon 6 min. 

Overture 8 min. 

Trailers . . . '. • 5 min. 

Stage Unit 42 min. 

"Vagabond Lover".... 66 min. 
Intermission 2 min. 



"EVE'S FALL" 

Song and Dance Sketch 

35 Mins. 

New Gallery, London 
Pathe 

This one produced by Gordon Bos 
took for P. D. C. and distributed 
over here by P. D. C, and in Amer 
Ica by Pathe. Directed by Monty 
Banks with RCA recording. It's one 
of two quickies shot by Pathe for 
P. D. C.'s British quota and will 
make a moderate short. Slight story 
with John Stuart and Muriel Ange 
lus 'featured. 

Opens with a wild party and 
swings in three acts aa party enter 
tainers: Happy Boys, Irwin Twins, 
and Howell, Harger and Naldi. Lat 
ter have good dancing routine and 
will, probably be left In when this 
is cut to two reels for Pathe Amer 
lean distribution. This two-reel 
gag is the idea with all the schedul 
now being made here by Bostock 
and Steve Fitzglbbon. 

Story is of a lad expecting the girl 
chosen by mother, and who gets call 
from a femme who mistakes his 
room. She falls on stairway and 
thereafter believes she is lad's wife, 
Complications as expected with 
clinch ending, girl being mother'; 
nominee. 

Obviously shot for two reeler pur 
poses with production value accord 
ingly. Better than a lot of junk re 
cently hi-jacked into distribution aa 
quota, and will be a fair two reeler 
for American consumption. Frat. 



"POLISHED IVORY" 
With Lloyd Hamilton 
Comedy 
18 Mins. 
New York, N. Y. 

Educational 

Okay anywhere. The usual Ham 
ilton comedy and although not own 
ing as many laughs as might be ex 
pected, is done well enough to rate 
any program. Recording and photog 
raphy is good. 

Concerns . a couple of bootleg piano 
movers who don't know how 
move or remove and flni.sh by "ju 
ing up the music box and causing 
other enibarrassnionts to several i 
terniediaries, C'a.st, besides Ham 
ton, includes Tom . Kennedy, Stell 
Adams and Hilly Ca:,'le. 



"THE STRANGE INTERVIEW" 
Comedy 
8 Mins. 

New York, New York 
Radio 

Confused Irlea Iwully (leveloi)P 
and poorly acted, As a filli-r for tli 
neighb,s. 

No cast credits are billed although 
directed by Al Boasberg. Photog 
raphy and recording okay. 

About a cook who puts on the ritz 
with a prospective employer in 
non -realistic way. 



MOLLY PICON 

Songs 

1 Mins. 
Strand, New York 

Vitaphone No. 917 

Nothing seems to stump the dar- 
ing of the east side. In this talking 
short her personality is as magnetic 
as it is on the Yiddish stage and in 
audeville. Short, will sell itself, and 
deserves and will receive special 
billing in strong Jewish commun- 
ities. 

It is divided into two scenes. First 
is a dressing room, with Miss Picon 
as the temperamental star being in- 
terviewed by a newspaper reporter. 
Her characterization here swerves 
far from the usual path of her de- 
lineations. , In this she is dressed 
and made up as a "wemp." Number 
is called "Temperamental Tilly," 
mixing song and talk for good com- 
edy. Second scene, called "Yid- 
dishe Blues," is not as strong as the 
first, but gets over. It's in a sloppy 
backyard of a tenement house, with 
Miss Picon as the momma bewail- 
ing her husband's conduct and her 
own position. Delivery here is in 
dialect, with a Yiddish idiom thrown 
in here and there. 

Pleased at this house and should 
be a cinch In most neighborhoods. 



BOBBE ARNST and PEGGY ELLIS 
Songs and Piano 
8 Mins. 

Beacon, New York 

Vitaphone No. 913 

Not a good short and just passes 
as a filler. Miss Amst sings and 
breaks into a low syncopated move 
ment, but that's all. Flashes of the 
typical Arnst , style and animation 
arid other ■ moments" are" hot so" hot; 
Something amisa either In the re 
cording or the failure of Miss Arnst 
to hit vocally on all cylinders. Ap 
peared as though a retake or two 
might have done Miss Arnst a favor. 
Her two numbers are "The Album 
of My Dreams" and "There Was 
Nothing Else to Do." 

Miss Ellis does the accompanl 
ment and has an Inning to herself 
on a piano impression of how 
number of apartment dwellers might 
play "The Doll Dance." Nothing 
unusual, but the finish had Miss El 
lis tripping the keys in modern syn 
copation. 

Duo works In a musical' room with 
the apparent photographic intention 
for the dark background and a sil 
houetted impression. Effective at 
times, but too dark at otlters. 

■ aiarh. 



"LOST AND FOUNDERED" 
By H. C. Witwer 
Comedy 
20 Mins. 

Loew's New York 

Radio Pictures 

Of several two-reelers based on 
stories by the late H. C. Witwer 
this is one of the poorest. The 
typical Witwer twists are there, but 
the manner In which Larry Dar- 
mour Productions, makers of the 
Witwer series, handled this one is 
against its success. Inclined to be 
slow and stereotyped In comedy 
material, with uphill climb ahead, 

Opening scenes are In phone 
company's switchboard room, where 
the "wrong number" gal is at work 
When some crooks are" taking 
orders from their boss the wires 
are crossed, and they get the ad 
dress where a party's to be staged 
as a surprise for the Police Com 
missioner. 

Everybody to dress as cops and 
crooks. Two men invited to the 
party get the address of the house 
the crook's boss has picked for a 
holdup. This results In arrest of 
Innocent pair and the Identity of 
two real crooks when former team 
Is brought to Commissioner's party. 

Before this giveaway the two 
crooks have been trying Jto do an 
act for the party to disguise their 
identity. For laughs they av^ also 
Bghting against the advances of a 
couple of maids who go on the 
make for them in a big way. 

Alberta Vaughn, Albert Cook, 
Lewis Sargent and George Grey are 
Ceatured. None is outstanding. 

Char. 



"HELL'S BELLS" 

Cartoon 

5 Mins. 

Jefferson, New York 
Columbia 

A Walt Disney creation that 
ploac^n T'liis one has mainly to do 
with insects. 

Nothing much to the continuity 
except that the various bugs, spi- 
ders, etc., hop about and finally hurl 
the devil into a flaminsj pit while 
keeping time to the music. Good 
(llli'r anywliere. 



FISHER and HURST 
"Apartment Hunting" 
Comedy, Songs 
7 Mins. 

Beacon, New York 

Vitaphone No. 920 
^Ii-aningleH.s item not rating im- 
portant houses or special spotting 
ill I'-sser sites, Characteristic vaude 
patter, with customary cues for a 
song or two, MissHur.st specializing 
on the warbling. Billing of "Apart- 
ment Hunting" not new in shorts, 
as Florence Moore did one some 
(Continued on paige 47) 



Miniature Reviews 



"Song of the West" (WB.). 
Operetti in Technicolor. Strong 
on production but weak in 
story. 

"A . Lady to Love" (M-G-M). 
Ba.sed on play, "They Knew 
What They Wanted," and a hit 
as a talker. Well directed, act- 
ed and treated. Ruin by cen- 
sorship doubtful. 

"Let's Go Places" (Fo.x). 
Has intimate views of studio. 
B. o. .possibilities on this 
angle. Plenty of music, but 
no drawing names. Rate.s 
moderate for the big houses. 

"Dark Red Roses" ^New 
Era) unquestionably the finest 
feature from England in years 
and one of the first from over- 
seas with perfect recording. 
It can be recommended for any 
American theatre, especially 
for cultured audiences. 

"Slightly Scarlet" (Par). 
Suave melodrama of Interna- 
tional jewel thieves. Fair 
general program feature. 

" Undertow" (U), Some 
comedy would have helped. 
Heavy ^l^eme in fair pro- 
grammer class. Mary Nolan 
starred. 

"Hello Sister" (Cruze). 
Pleasant entertainment. Olive 
"Borden, George- FaAveett and 
Lloyd Hughes! are principal 
players. 

"Vengeance" (Columbia). A 
story of love and hate in the 
African Congo in which the 
hero wins the heavy's wife in 
the conventional manner. 
Weak except for smaller 
grinds. Double feature bills 
good spot. 



A LADY TO LOVE 

(ALL DIALOG) 

M-R-M pioiluotliin and release. Based on 
llu" pluy, "Tlioy Knew What They WniueJ," 
:iy i!uliiey Howoril. DIalOB and i-ontlnulty 
by the author. Directed by Victor Sea- 
Ktrom. Stars Vllma Hanky, with KiUvard 
i^obln^on and Robert Amos featured. 
UoughiH Shearer. reconllnfr enplneer. 
lM>oti>ffraiihy by Merrltt Gerstad. At the 
("ajiltol, .N. y,. week of Feb. 2S. Run- 
iiini; lliiie, Viins. 

Lena Vilma Hanky 

Tony Edward (». Robinson 

liuok , Robert Anie.s 

Postman ..Richard Carle 

Father MoKee ...Lloyd InKraham 

Doctor Anderson I><xwler 

.Vh Get> (Jum Chin 

.Ingelo Henry Arnicttiv 

lieorifie'. , . .George Duvls 



SONG OF THE WEST 

(OPERETTA IN COLOR) 

Warner production and release. Di- 
rected by Ray Entrltrht. Adapted by 
Harvey Thew from the operetta, "Rain- 
bow," by IjSurence StalHngs and Oscar 
Hammersteln, 2d. Cameraman, Den 
Jennings. Presented Feb. 27 at yVnT- 
ners, New York, for $2 twice dally run. 
Running time, 82 mins. 

ijtanton John Boles 

Virginia •. , . . . .Vlvlenne Segal 

Lotta » Marie Wells 

Hasty Joe E. Brown 

Davolo... Sam Hardy 

Penny Marlon Byron 



Surefire entertainment, and that 
includes Vllma Banky's accent. Both 
the picture and the cast with one 
exception, /lot Miss Banky, are what 
everyone's box office will like. 

Whether the picture adheres 
strictly to the stage version does not 
matter, and if Howard, has toned 
down the dialog to throw off any 
possible censorship that also doesn't 
count. Picture stands on Us own. 
There seems little that the censors 
can do outside of possibly cutting 
a brief scene in which Miss Banky 
suggests to Robinson that she has 
cheated after marrying him. This 
and other scenes bearing on touchy 
situations ai'e handled with care. 

Story builds evenly and effec- 
tively. Prosperous Italian grape 
grower decides he'll go on the make 
for a young wife and by mail offers 
a 'Frisco waitress the berth, ex- 
changing as bait the picture of his 
trusty hired hand for his own. How 
the girl, distressed at knowing the 
truth but going Ihrough with the 
marriage because of a desire for a 
nice home and partly as the result 
of a threatened weakness for the 
yoiihg ■ bii-ed ' hand, ' is^ brought out ■ 
cleverly. 

Although the action hardly moves 
away from the grape rancher's 
home, the story hardly ever loses its 
giip. In spots where it might have 
lapsed, Seastrom has worked in 
comedy and music. One highlight 
is the comedy by Robinson. Former 
legit actor has evidently been al- 
lowed considerable latitude. Versa- 
tile guy. 

Miss Banky, as a waitress, squares 
the accent, but after five or 10 min- 
utes they don't notice it. Only bad 
casting selection Is Lloyd Ingraham 
for the doctor, a rather Important 
part. As the hired hand, Robert 
Ames is very good. 

Recording and photography stand- 
ard. Char. 



Seemingly all the weaknesses, 
without the strength, of stage op- 
erettas get transferred to the screen, 
so that despite shrewd and costly 
production, as In the case of "Song 
of the West," the finished result Is 
less than completely satisfying; As 
unreeled this film is just a nice- 
looking program feature. No more 
— no less. 

Falters in the story department. 
It's a chronicle rather than a plot, 
and chronicles are notoriously 
sluggish as drama, "Song of the 
West" takes occasional , spurts, but 
unfortunately has stretches of snail- 
like slowness. It deals, too, with 
the always ticklish, situation of a 
married heroine. Interest bimmers 
down to the individual performances 
and the meritorious bits. It's Joe 
E. Brown's picture so far as per- 
sonal honors-go. John Boles is cast 
In a part that suggested action, 
dash and gla.mour at the start, but 
ended by being static, stuffed and 
unpersuaslve. Assignment rather 
than the actor amiss in this case. 

Vivienne Segal suffers, too, from 
being* a figure tagged love interest 
rather than a believable character. 
Insufficiently establl.shed motivation 
and jerky time jumps has in gen- 
eral marred the picture's charac- 
teristics. Marion Byron, in a cutle 
part, looks like a promising come 
dienne of the pert type. 

Vocally, both Boles and Mi.ssi 
Segal have a couple of impressive 
spots. Score contains a couple of 
luting tunes of possible general 
appeal. Any strength the picture 
gains from the sob plug route will 
naturally increase its booking 
value for Individual theatres. 

Photography is good, although 
Technicolor l.s less effective in the 
long shots of desert, mountain, etc., 
than in the clo.scups of the cast. 
This has been noted before and is 
pre.-^umably due to the wide open 
If-ns refiuired by the process. 

Htury l.s laid in the years 1810 and 
1S.50 on the westward trek to Cali- 
fornia. Detail seems fairly authen- 
tic e.'ccept for a California gambling 
.saloon and dancohall of the period, 
which has a tango orchestra and 
a couple of adagio d.ancer.s to .sug- 
gest the modern night club rather 
than Frisco of 80 years ago. 

Brown's comedy And pertonn.'inee 
go a long way toward heli>inr.' 
'.Song of the West," It's just a!) 
right, but nothing son.satlonal. 

Land. 



LET'S GO PLACES 

(ALL DIALOG, with Songs) 

Fox production and release directed by 
Fr.ank .Strayer. Joseph Wagstaft and I/)la 
Lane featured. Scenario and dialog by 
William K, Wells, Music by four teams. 
Dances staged by Danny I>are. At the 
Roxy, N. Y., week of Feb. 28. Running 
time, Tl) mins. 

Paul Adams Joseph Wagstaft 

Marjorle Lorraine X>ola Lane 

Virginia Gordon ,.. Sharon Lynn 

.1. ijpeed Qulnn Frank Richardson 

Hex Warden "Walter Catlett 

Dixie Dixie Lee 

Du Bonnet ......Charles Judels 

Mrs. Du Bonnet Ilka Chase 

Uen King Larry Steers 

Because of Its Hollywood angle 
and snappy atmosphere this picture 
may be a money-maker, but any 
future copies of the Idea will not 
take long to convince customers It's 
the backstage yarn all over again. 
Absence of drawing names is a han- 
dicap. 

Remaining averse to the outright 
insertion of songs and dance.s as is 
done in stage musical comedies, 
talking films with these interpola- 
tions are for the most part restrict- 
ing themselves to stories wherein 
the staged sequences will not be Il- 
logical. The natural and now great- 
ly overworked consequence of this 
reasoning Is a backstage story. 
Now comes the presentation of en- 
semble numbers with a sound studio 
locale, as though they were being 
filmed for a picture revue, 

"Let's Go Places" was written by 
William K. Wells, who knows his 
vaudeville. It's a farce, based on 
the venerable stage and screen 
theme of mistaken Identity. A 
young tenor named Du Bonnet goes 
to Hollywood to crash pictures and 
starts a life of pomp. Including free 
use of a fully equipped mansion be- 
cause he is mistaken for a more 
famous Du Bonnet. By the time 
the better known man arrives the 
youngster has been successfully 
launched In pictures and has lost 
his girl friend because the other Du 
Bonnet's wife Is claiming him with- 
out having seen him. Arrival of the 
elder singer squares everything, 
even to revealing that young Du 
Bonnet Is his long lost nephew. 

Practically all credited players are 
from the stage, and cast exploita- 
tion iJO.SHibllities are therefore neg- 
ligible. Joe Wagstaft, as the 
young lead, look.s like several 
different fellows In as many differ- 
ent Bt;quences, and hl.s nlcho In the 
picture; ranks is still undefined. 
Til l.s Ik hl.s third for Fox. I,^la 
Lane, a calm and assured type, plays 
ojjpo.sitft him and sometimes makes 
hiih seem like a kid brother. The 
picture is full of capable comics 
with l''rank Richardson as the young 
singer's lllp managei-, Walter Cat- 
lett the pfftnre director, Charles 
Judcl.s as the elder and tcmper.i- 
^iieiit.'i! Du Jionnet, and his uncred- 
itffi ni.'in.'ifjcr. Sharon Lynn plays 
■ •■'■iinil love interest and leads an 
(Continued on page 33) 



V A R i E t Y 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



A MESSAGE TO 
YOIJ FROM . . . 




The Vagabond King 




Sarah and Son 




Honey 




fioadfiouse Night* . 




YoUtig 'Eagles 




The Benson Murder Case 




Ladies Love Brutes 




The Light of f^esterp. Stars 




S. VL KENT 



I 



DON'T often address you in print. But since my return from Europe I 
have seen and heard things which I believe you should know for the good of 
your box ofBiee. 

I have personally screened 10 coming Paramount Pictures. I have received 
information by telephone or wire almost daily from Mr. Lasky, who is at our 
Hollywood studio. I have checked carefully every Paramount release. This is 
certain: 

THE FINEST PRODUCTldNS IN PARAMOUNT'S CURRENT GROUP 
ARE COMING BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST AND COMING IN 
QUANTITY. For example: 

''THE VAGABOND KING". Showmen agree it's the finest piece of entertain- 
ment yet produced. Business in New York, Philadelphia and Palm Beach, 
where it has opened $2 runs, backs their judgement. The fact that 35 of 
America's ace theatrcEf have voluntarily raised admission prices 33 V3 % or 
more for this attraction speaks for itself. 

"SARAH AND SON". With Ruth Chatterton rising above even her work in 
''Madame X" and "The Laughing Lady". One of the real big dramatic 
punches of 1930. . 

"HONEY". 3tarring Nancy CarroU, with Lillian Roth, Skeets Gallagher, 
Harry Green, Stanley Smith and. others. A musical comedy with everything 
"Sweetie" had, and more. 

"ROADHOUSE NIGHTS". Listed by Photoplay Magazine among the best pic- 
tures of the month. With a tip to watch the newcomedy sensation, Jimmy Durante. 
Motion Picture News calls him "the Charlie Chaplin of the talking screen". 

"YOUNG EAGLES". Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Jean Arthur in a second 
edition of "Wings". 

"THE BENSON MURDER CASE". Latest and best of the "Philo Vance" 
mystery stories. With William Powell, Eugene Pallette and the others who 
made this series Grade AA box ipffice. 

"ladies love BRUTES'*. Starring George Bancroft^ whom Variety's 
annua! poll names the biggest drawing card on the screen today. 

"THE LIGHT OF WESTERN STARS". With Richard Arlen, Mary Brian 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



VARIETY 



Cparamomt 



SHOW WORIJ» 




and Harry Green. By Zane Grey. Mr. Lasky wires me that this is an even 
better outdoors all-talker than "The Virginian". 

"i>ARAM(l)UNT OIl^ipARADE". With every big star on the Paramount payroll in 
it. A giant musical comedy different from anything this business has yet seen. 

"THE BIG POND". Starring Maurice Chevalier in a modern American comedy 
romance with songs and Claudette Colbert. This should top "Thie Love Parade". 

"SAFETY IN NUMBERS". "Buddy" Rogers in a musical show with three 
beautiful girl heroines and six song hits . 

"HIGH SOCIETY". Jack Oakie, the comedy craze of the hour. 

» ■ ■ 

"DANGEROUS NAN McGREW". Helen Kaiie and big Broadway cast in a sing- 
ing comedy melodrama. (Paramount gives you the new stars while they're hot.) 

"THE TEXAN". With Gary Cooper. Companion picture to "The Virginian". 

"TRUE TO THE NAVY". Clara Bow and a whale of a Bow title. 

"THE RETURN OF DR. FU MANCHU". With Warner Oland and the fine cast 
that did so well in the first "Fu Manchu'* hit. 

"THE BORDER LEGION". Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Jack Holt. By Zane 
Grey. The demand today is for big action-studded talkers like this one. 



THE DEVIL'S HOLIDAY". Nancy Carroll in a down-to-earth drama written 
and directed by Edmund Goulding, who made "The Trespasser". 

"YOUNG MAN OF MANHATTAN". The best selling novel of 1930 from 
coast to coast. Claudette Colbert and Charles Ruggles heading the cast. 

lEXTRA ADDED ATTRACTION. The exclusive motion pictures taken WITH 
REAR ADMIRAL BYRD AT THE SOUTH POLE, including the actual 
airplane flight over the Pole. 

Between March 1 and August 1, you get 27 outstanding pictures, the cream 
of Paramount's current season's line-up. / say to you frankly and honestly, 

IF YOU HAVE PARAMOUNT BOOKED, YOU MUST PREPARE NOW TO 
HANDLE MORE BIG PICTURES IN THE NEXT 5 MONTHS THAN YOU'VE 
EVER HAD BEFORE IN AN ENTIRE SEASON. 

IF YOU HAVEN'T PARAMOUNT BOOKED, YOU SHOULD PROTECT 
YOURSELF BY INSPECTING EACH ONE OF THESE NEW PICTURES 
WHEN A PRINT ARRIVES AT YOUR PARAMOUNT EXCHANGE. Your own 
judgement will tell you what to do next. 





Safety in Nnnihers 




nigh Society 




Dangerous Nan McGrcio 




The Texan 




The Return of Dr. Fu 
Manchu 




T/(« Border Legion 




The Devil' a Holiday 




Young Mnn of Manhattan 



Sound Netcs 



24 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Amusement Stocks Up 



(Continued from page 10) 
that level on the up-side they ought 
to go a considerable distance 
further — at least the a,dvantage 
■would be with the long side in that 
e%'ont. 

Eastman's Rise 

Eastman Kodak was one of the 
best performers in the whole list, 
going above 220 from Its recent 
level of 179 and again justifying Its 
position as one of the most spec- 
tacular of the blue chip issues, 
ilany arguments are urged, in its 
behalf. Prosperity in the picture 
business is only one. Low prices 
for metallic silver also gives it :in 
extra profit edge. Ea.stnian is prob- 
ably the largest consumer oC silver 
in the United States. Another de- 
l)urtment of large possibilities is the 
manufacture of transparent con- 



tainers in the making of whlc 
Kastman is In association wit 
American Can. 

rathe, both issues, continued to 
hang lire. Shubert did little in a 
price change way. although it was 
more active than for months, sug- 
gesting i)erhaps that some sponsor 
might he taking heart to give it a 
whirl. On a break from 70 the 
Shubert stock at 12. ought to offer 
some attraction as a sporting propo- 
sition and the time seems to be ripe 
for circulation of tips on- low priced 
issues — one of the usual manifesta- 
tions of a cautious return of the 
public to a. market just recovering 
from a drastic sliakeout. 

Indian Motorcycle, selling around 
15, was one of the specialties widely 
touted, and the cheaper oils came in 
for some new attention. 



.Su 
£-']•« 

.30',4 
IM 

100 
14% 
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7!t 
]J?i 



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34-f, 



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fl30 . 

Low 
17% 
15V4 
18 
178% 

ST> 
.10% 
42S4 

• 12 
23 <^ 
. 48% 

19 

8% 
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30",4 . 



STOCK EXCHANGE 

week encllng .Miirrh 1: 



10 



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114% 

07','. 

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3(iO-i.l 

47H 



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214 
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39 



Sales. 

400 
•1,700 

DOO 

ni,ooo 

218. GOO 
000 
1 -18,200 
4«,flOO 
700 
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BOO 
130,100 
4,700 
2,700 
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10 
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28.400 
2.800 
2.400 

300 



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72,000 
77,000 
19.000 
113,000 

ri4,ooo 

707,000 



Issue and rate. 

.\mprlcan Sent (2) 

Consol. Film (2) 

Consol. Film pfd. (2) 

Eaetman Kodak (8) 

Fox Class .\ (4) 

Keith pref. (7) 

Uen Tlir. Kqulp 

Loew (3%t) 

Uo pief. .((iVj) ■ 

Madison Gardrn (Hi).. 

Met.-G.-M. prof. (l.,Sn) 

Varamount-Fnm.-I^asky (3). 

Palhc Exchange 

Pathc Class A 

Radio Corp. 

■R.tdlo-K-O 

Orph. pref. (8) 

.Shubert 

Universal pref. (8) 

Warner Hros. (4) 

Do pref. (2 20) 

CURB 

Columbia Plcls 

Fox TlX'alrns. . , 

I.oew Rights 

Sonora Prod 

Univ. Plcls 

BONDS . 

Keith C's '40 

Loew O's, '41 

Do ex war 

Pathe 7'a, '37 

Par-Fam-Lasky O's. '47 ... 

Shubert O's.... 

Warner Bros. C's, '39 



High. 
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221% 
3-1% 

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70% 

100 

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ISSUES IN OTHER MARKETS 
All Quoted for Monday 
Produce Exchange, N. Y. 



* • 






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$400 




80 


78 


30 








Over the Counter, N. Y. 












Prev. 










Bill. 


Asked. 


bid. 












23 i4 


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216 Famous Players. 



49% 40% 



Girl Says "No 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Some onr; said "Xo" to C, C. 
l)(>Millc. A girl, too. .She is 
^^■ynn Gibson brought here 
from New York by M-G-M, 

Miss CMbson had been as- 
•'^igned to the DeMlllo- picture, 
"Madame Satan." DeMille 
changed her part around to 
a "heavy," she lianded the. 
script back and is now free- 
lancing. 



WARNER PASSES 
MADE HARDER 
TO GET 



Wai-ners is following P.ublix and 
I.oew's in efforts to tighten up on 
passes to its theatres. The move 
lo cut down waste of "merchandise" 
now seems to be general. 

WB found that passes (annual) 
as well as freciuent giveaways for 
its houses have been going Into 
many wrong hands. Orders Issued 
are to now keep everything to the 
bone. Kven with the newspapers, 
WK is holding the Oakleys. .to a 
minimum. Only 19 annuals for Vcm 
Strands and the Beacon (all WB). 
N'cw York, went out for this year 
Harry L. Charnas waited nearly a 
month after 1929 before he started 
to o. k. the list. 

In chains where. pass elimination 
lias been made, close checkups re- 
vealed that a large number of 
passes have been going out in all 
directions, and that when it was all 
figured It represented large box of- 
fjco wastage. 

AVhile the policy seems to be that 
the newspapers should not be barred 
from passes in the general cutdown. 
now more routine must be gone 
through, and those on papers want- 
ing the free ducats are supposed to 
have reasons. Formerly alrnost any- 
one on newspapers grafted passes 
for themselves. 



Note— Technicolor, now on Curb— 1,400, high 33. low 81, close 82%, up %. 



Jack Cunningham borrowed from 
Technicolor by Pathe to write an 
original Western. 

Dorothy Burgess for "Fame" 
WB. 

Benny Rubin for "Spring Fever," 
M-G-M. . - 

Leo Garmes, cameraman given 
year's contract .by Sam Goldwyn. 
Kirst assignment, "Whoopee." 





WE BUILD, BUY, LEASE 
OPERATE OR MANAGE 
MOTION PICTURE THEATRES 
IN PENNA.-NEW JERSEY 
DELAWARE — MARYLAND 
— DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA- 
VIRGINIA AND W. VIRGINIA 



1700 SANSOM STREET 
Philadelphia.Pa. 



Picture Possibilities 



"Those We Lov6"— Favorable 

•TH0SJ3 WE LOVl-:" (Comedy, Philip Dunning, John Golden). Should 



make a ))rogranv talker, 



"The Plutocrat"— Favorable 

"THE PJ^UTOCUAT" (Comedy, Charles Coburn, Vanderbilt). 

Tpyical film stuff with rich opportunities for American family humor 
against exotic backgrounds aboard ship and in African tourist spot.«;. 
Booth Tarkington name to help. Properly handled should make a good 
picture. Land. 



"Flying High"— Favorable 

"FLYING HIGH" (Musical Comedy, George White,' Apollo). 
Has everything to make a very good talker, including more than 



enough tunes. 



L. A. IS OVERBOARD ON 
OPEN AIR WARBLERS 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Screen musicals are liberating 
the vocal complex of the common 
people. Especially of the risiilg 
generation. Tlio.se screen tunes do- 
ing this and that to "It" and her 
boy friend. 

Year or two ago singing in pub- 
lic was confined to the mass bellow 
at football games. Catch a sheik 
crooning a solo — never. Whistling 
was the limit in self sound effects 
unless the gang joined in. And a 
cutie might get lyric around home, 
but she wouldn't dream of chant- 
ing a pop chorus as she tripped 
down the street, or of casually 
breaking into melody during the In- 
termissions of a necking party. 

But now you catch the kids un- 
loosing the pipes everywhere. A 
college boy on a bus top will uncurl 
a mean tenor and trail into "Paint- 
ing the Clouds AVith Sunshine" 
down Sunset Boulevard. Slightest 
encouragement in the way of one 
of these misunderstood California, 
mists, and "Singing in the Rain" 
pops up fromi a high school (juar- 
tet using mufflers. A spiffy femme 
in a roadster, waiting for traffic to 
move, will give you "Tiptoe 
Through the Tulips" without a re- 
quest. 

It doesn't only catch "em young. 
The manager of a Vine Street soda 
fountain was spotted stepping out 
of his establishment homeward 
bound and baying "Beverly Hills' 
Beverly Hills" at full tonsil. And 
when in a public street car you 
hear someone chant: '"rain't No 
Sin to Take Off Your Skin and 
Dance Around in Your Bones," and 
turn to see nobody but a nice little 
grey-haired old lady shrugging a 
perky shouhJer j^gairist a ringer for 
a Kentucky colonel.... 

The talkers have done it. 



^yAndArd 

BVWmCHAili STAGE 
ENTERf AIMMENT K 
JUDGED. 



Judgments 



Evnns nnd Snitor; Tlicliord E. Town- 
aend; $02.'',. 

riillhi Mcyrowltz: NathnnleJ Cholney; 
$810. 

Marino Swimiiitnf; Pool, Inc.; Broad- 
way Surfacs Advertising Corp.: $118.20. 

Not. Bviins Motion Victure FlImB Ijib- 
orutorles. Inc., Tom Evans find Jlark 
DIntenf.Tss: Meserolo Securities Co.; J349. 

«io n"o'o' Cantlne; 
1 9, OS 8. 2 G. 

Scott's Prcpurntlons, Inc.: and Leo 
Londoner; Sd.S.'e.^O. 

llollyuooa Hotel, Inc.; A. II. Slck- 
Infrer, Inc., $3,801.70. 

Ciinrles J. Crawford; Madison Square 
Hotel Corp.; $850.38. 

Ilornce F. Vomeroy Co.; Judge Pub. 
Co: iHO. 

.Towlsli ItioKrapliicnl Bureau; John 
Simons and William Z. Spleeelnian; 
Merchants' Banlt; $1,183. 

Bernard M. Iji Rue; Encyclopaedia 
Brltannica: $288. 

VrrRcIileiscr-Broadwa.v Armory and 
Ma-x Ver.schleiser; M. Dlnoft; $423. 



Bankruptcy 



Iiiloctro Slfy Ads., airplane adverlis- 
In;r, l.TOO Broadway; liabilities $18,047, 
assets $16,072. 




'•iLSi:.--i^}^-i-'x-->iif'^- 



ORIGINALS 



DIAtOODE 



Howard J. Green 

NOW WITH FOX 

CONTINUITIES ADAPTATIONS 



COSTUMES 

o » hire: 



PRODUCTIONS 
BXPLOITATIONB 
PRBSBNTATIONS 



C O ST U AACa 



HARRY 

THRE 


LARRY 

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MURRY 

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STILL ON BROADWAY 






CAPITOL THEATRE, NEW YORK 






NOW AND HOW 






''WE ADMIT WE'RE GREAT' 






Personal Direction TISHMAN & O'NEAL 





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V A R I E T \ 



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at the Colony Theatre, 
(N. Y.) preview, where 
the picture was put on 
without advertising and 
without previous an- 
nouncement. Ain't it 
marvelous the way news 
of a great picture gets 




Directed b]) 
WiUiam James Crafl 



The laughler slaris in the first 
hundred feet when Cohen tries 
to - master " 'Tis a braw 
bricht moon licht nicht 
th* nicht*' — and the roar 
f(eeps up for the rest of the 
picture! 



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OP^IGINAL COH.ENS AND RELLYS 

CHARXIE MURRAY - GEORGE SIDNEY 

VERA 60R.D0N- K-ate Price p/esMtei/ii, CAR-L LAEMhALE 



Pictures 



Not Promises: LAURA LA PLANTE and JOHN BOLES in 

''LAMARSEILLAISE'' . . . JOHN BOLES in 'THE SONG OF PASSION" 
. . . MARY NOLAN in ''SHANGHAI LADY/' "UNDERTOW and "BAR- 
BARY COASr' . - . PETER B. KYNE'S "HELL'S HEROES'' . . • 
JOSEPH SCHILDKRAUT in "NIGHT RIDE" . . . "DAMES AHOY" . . . 
"THE SHANNONS OF BROADWAY" starring THE GLEASONS . . . 
"THE STORM" . . . "WHAT MEN WANT" , . - "BROADWAY" 
... "SHOWBOAT" . . . and the two biggest of them all— PAUL 
WHITEMAN'S "KING OF JAZZ" . . . "ALL QUIET ON THE WEST- 
ERN FRONT." 



Universars Neiv Selling Season is on N'OTV/ 




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1 

WARNER BRO^. 
MELODIOUSl 





ESTERN 



ESTERNS 

heralds new 




era o 
for showmen 




JQWH BOLES 
VIviENNE SEGAL 
JOE E. BROWN 

Chdrias of 100 Voices 

Fiom the &mous stajge success "Rainbow" 
by Laurence Stallings, Ospir Hammet' 
stein II and Vincent Youmans. Scenario 
by Harvey Thew. Directed by Ray Enrighi 



mm 



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houses at Warner 
Bros. Theatre where *Song 
of the West" is playing to 
capacity at $2.00 top-fattest 
to the public demand for 
something difbrehtin enter- 
tainment. This great epic of 
the plainer in glorious song 
and story — All outdoors- 
All Technicolor-^oSers an 
unprecedented opportunity 
to reap a golden harvest of 
dollars— right now— while 
the demand for Western 
Entertainment is at its peak. 
★ 

AvailahU to You Noiu— 
Day and Date With 
Broadway! 

★ ■' . ■ 

. Backed hy Tremendous 
Ndtiondl Adikrtising 
Campdi^! 

uKiQUE fONG mm 

*H>meBackToMe" 

**The One Girl" 

•*W«t Wind** 
^Hayfoot» Strawfoot" 




"Vitdphon*" is the registerad trado-mark of Th« 
VitaphoM Corporation designating itt products 



ays 




Golden Hits on the way 



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pictures: 



Wednesday, March 6, 1930 



Behind the Keys 



Vancouver, B. C. 

Pantages theatre has been re- 
named the Beacon. Name adopted 
following the severance of relations 
with Pantages. Pictures are being 
shown exclusively. 

Other Pan houses in the Domin- 
ion are to change also, 



Boone, la. 
Strand theatre rebuilt, after the 
recent fire, has been sold by Roy 
K. Benson to L. A. TiUotson of Os- 
ceola. Will play pictures. 



LaPorte City, la. 
Icy walks and impassable roads 
has had the local Pastime theatre 
out of business the past five weeks. 
Finally opened lust week. 



Montreal. 
Demonstration of corsets on liv- 
ing models was featured on the 
etage of the Capitol theatre by 
Manager Harry Dahn during the 
engagement of "Happy Days" 
(Fox), bnly at the 11 a. m. shows 
and these were labe.cd "Ladies 
Only." 



St. Pajl. Minn. 
. Prohioted from the publicity and 
advertising department' In the Twin 
Cities, Frank Burke has been ap- 
pointed manager of the RKO Pres- 
ident theatre, St. Paul. 
E. A, Synder, assistant manager 



and treasurer of the house, has re- 
signed. 



Louisville. 
Local scribes gave a farewell din- 
ner to Col. Harry E. Long, manager 
of Loew's and United Artists' State 
theatre. 

Col. Long will be transferred to 
Syracuse. He is succeeded here by 
Walter McDowell, formerly man- 
ager of the Mark Strand in Syra- 
cuse. 



Salt Lake City. 
M. H. Gustaveson appointed 
Warner branch manager here. M; 
F. Keller transfen*ed to manage- 
ment of the Portland branch. A. H. 
Huot has been moved from Port- 
land to management of the Seattle 
branch, replacing R. C. Hill. 



Detroit. 

Butterfield circuit in Michigan is 
opening two new houses with a 
straight picture policy. Soo, at 
Sault St. Marie, seating 1,300, opens 
March 12, iftid the Michigan, at 
Jacksori, seating 800, opens in 
April. Bijou, Battle Creek, first 
house built by W. S. Butterfield, 
will be closed and remodeled. 



Spokane. 
A gag trailer run by Ray A. 
Grombacher of the Spokane The- 
atres, Inc., in his four houses here, 



is credited by business men as be 
ing responsible for the defeat of 
proposed change in city time. The 
idea was sponsored by the Spokano 
Thoatre Managers' and Owners' 
Association, also headed by prom- 
bachei'. The trailer read: 

"Twelve o'clock sun time Is 
12: ID In this city. If you change 
the present time to mountain time 
it will be 11:10 sun time wh6n it is 
12 o'clock Spokane time. At present 
we enjoy an almost pci-fect sun time 
in this state. Why change It? Spo- 
kane depends largely upon the sur- 
rounding territory for trade. The 
farmer prefers aun time. Why not 
cater to the man who spends his 
money with us and be ready to do 
business with him at the time that 
suits him?" 

Interest in the flght of the the- 
atres caused two dailies to prepare 
straw ballots on the time vote. Per- 
manent time change is out. Day- 
light saving was made optional in 
the poll. This clock change would 
be effective only during the summer 
months. 



Pine Bluff, Ark. 
G. J. Meredith was not appointed 
Publlx publicity manager here, as 
reported. He Is in the New York 
general oflScei 



Ruth Riatt and Dick Sutherland,' 
"Carnival," Pathe. 
Eddie Foyer, Rosco^^te s. Eddie 



Lambert, De Witt Jennings, Geovge 
Marion, John Miljan, Karl Dane, 
Tom Wilson, Tommy Jackson, 
Lewis Stone for "The Big House," 
M-G-M. 



Low-Costj Colored 
Sound Pictures 

The ever-growing success of Sono- 
chrome is based on one simple fact. 
This Eastman film meets the de- 
mands of the new-day motion pic- 
ture, by giving both color and 
sound-on-film — at the cost of ordU 
nary black-and-white. 



EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY 

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK 

V 

J. E. Brulatour, Inc., Distributors 

New York Chicago Hollywood 



Dizzy Words and Music 



By Bob Landry 



A sagacious maxim that comes 
down from anticiuity says, in effect, 
that he who writes a nation's songs 
rules its fate. This, now, is some- 
what of an exaggeration, yet It Is 
unquestionably true that Tin Fan 
Alley, for all Its own Innocence of 
possessing such power, does exercise 
a tremendous Influence over the 
Amerlca,n people. 

This Is accomplished without In- 
tent or realization by the songwrit- 
ers and publishers ' who have their 
ear to the ground, their eye on the 
public press and their finger on the 
pulse of the country. 

Any event of Importance Is imme- 
diately embalmed In some hack 
tune. This has the effect of crys- 
tallzing public sentiment through 
lyrically expressing the trite, con- 
ventional reactions to any given 
situation. 

It Is because the song business Is 
keyed to the lowest mental pitch 
that It strikes an appeal to the 
greatest number. Gilbert and Sulli- 
van have a comparatively limited, 
if Idolizing, audience. So, too, the 
other writers entitled to respect and 
consideration in the field which, for 
-Wa nt of a better cl assification, 



comes under - the ' - all-embracing 
name of "popular music." 

The Uke 

It's the cheesecakes, the dogs, the 
chlselers of the music racket that 
probably, unconsciously, exercise 
the greatest influence on the masses. 
Any Filipino or Mexican can "get" 
their lyrics and the arrangement of 
notes perfectly adapted for that 
monstrosity, the ukulele. 

These songwriters exploit moth- 



WEST COAST NOTES 



erhood into a mania, and go Rotary 
about any old half-baked, klux-rid^ 
den Dixie backwash. They mak« 
love in kindergarten terms, turn 
Sunday school superintendent about 
prostles whom they term "faded 
roses" or "butterflies," and other* 
wise trade upon primitive mass 
ideas. 

Grammar Isn't held in very high 
esteem within the environs of 
Broadway, and through its song.< 
writers that disrespect plus a care^ 
less and unsavory slang Is extends 
ed to the country as a whole. This 
alone Is a tremendous power lodged 
in the piano rooms of music firms. 

Songwriters are seldom idea^ 
makers. They simply take an idea 
that has gained headway and, by 
expressing It in naively lyrical 
terms; slide It Into the everyday life 
of the nation. 

For Coin Only 

Catch phrases, moralistic bro- 
mides, hero worship of a Lindbergh, 
pass into the coinage of proletarian 
lingo and add to the store of ready- 
made Ideas. That, in general, this - 
Inflyence tends to strengthen virtue 
and honesty is simply because the 
writers recognize virtue as a paying 
t heme and not that t hey are ex- 
pressing • any inner urgle^wTflTrrr" 
themselves. . 

A few songs become classics and 
sell Indefinitely, but most of them 
are just casual visitors. They are, 
as they come, echoes, rephrasing, 
hashovers of standard hokum en- 
shrined in a new lilting arrange- 
ment. But In the aggregate their 
Influence Is tremendous and there 
exists no more potent form of prop- 
aganda. 

Music has been in and a part o£ 
and its application of ancient prin- 
llfe since the beginning, but the 
music business is not so very old, 
ciples to this dizzy generation' la 
having some peculiar results. 



George Manker Watters is writ- 
ing script for picture Wm. Howard 
will direct, "The Fatal Wedding." 
Blliott Clawson also to make a 
screen treatment for Fox. 

Title of "In Love "With Love" 
changed to "Crazy That Way," Fox. 

"Margin Mugs" changed to 
"Caught Short," M-G. 

Lawrence Grant, to "See Naples 
and Die," WB. 

Kenneth Thomson, David Newell 
and Tom Dugan "Under .Western 
Skies," FN. 

Ben Lyon opposite Mary Nolan 
In "What Men Want," U. 

Al Santell. to direct "The Sea 
Wolf," Fox. 

Douglas Doty writing original 
story, "Jazz Daughters," Col. 

Gene Markey will remain under 
term contract to M-G to write an- 
othei* for Marion Davles. 

Bennle Hall in a Mack Sennett 
short. 

Wheeler Oakman in "The Big 
Fight," James Cruze production. 

Matilda Comont in "Singer of 
Seville," M-G. 

Walter PidgeOn's option taken up 
by FN. 

Gavin Gordon signed for term by 
M-G. 

Albert Gran to bo featured by 
Par in "Follow Through." 

Charles Sellon in "High Society" 
with Jack Oakie, Par. 

Norman McLeod writing orig- 
inal, at Par. 

Joseph Krumgold engaged for 
foreign publicity, Par, 

Arthur Housman and Harry Ra- 
dio. 

Francis McDonald, "Cooking Her 
Goose," Radio. 

Nat Carr, Charles Kaley, Joan 
Gaylord, Jeannette McLord and 
Ethel Davis "Red Heads," short, 
Pathe. 

Andre Cheron "Hell's Belles," 
Fox. 

George Hull writing staff at Tif- 
fany. 

Bram Fletcher, "Solid Gold Ar- 
ticle," Fox. 

Randolph Scott, "Born Reck- 
less," Fox. 

Lumdden Hare "So This Is Lon- 
don," Fox, 

Connie LaMont in "Three a 
Day," Col. 

Fred Kohler and Lorctta Young 
for "The Right of Way," FN. 

William Holden for "Holiday," 
Pathe. 

Roscoe Kearns for "A Practical 
Joker," Fox. 

Greta Granstadf to "Fox Follies 
1930," Fox. 

Lewis Stone to "Romance" M- 
G-M. 

Ray Hughes and T. Roy Barnes 
to "Carnival," Pathe short, Wallace 
Fox directing. 

Eddie Lambert to M-G for 
"March of Time." 

Armlda and Don Terry to "Down 
by the Rio Grar/.e," Tiffany. 

Vadln Uraneff, Dorothea Wol- 
bp.rt and Billy Butts to "The Medi- 
cine Man," Tiffany. 

Robert Ellin and Hallam Coolley 
"What Men Want," U. 



Still Going Strong 
4th Consecutive Year 



BENNY 




E R 0 F F 




MAUBBO 



GBANASA 



CHICAGO 



Have a Reel of 

IRISH 
PICTURES 

FOR 

ST. PATRICK'S WEEK 

MARCH 16 to 23 
Write Wire riioiie 

EMMETT MOORE 

10 West 61st Street 
NEW YORK CITY 



Joseph Jackson 

Writing the Screen Version of 
"SEE NAPLES AND DIE" 



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ZlEGFELD'S 

SHOW BOAT DOCKS 

AT LORD'S, BALTIMOR.t, SATURDAY, MARCH 8^" 





''-ElU^ and ¥HAHK" 

-FOR T-Ht L AST T+l R-Et YtARS IN *S+40W BOAT; 
AS "THE I SHOW BOAT" DOCKS WE LEAVE FOR A FEW 
WEEKS' VACATIONING ON THE SANDS OF MIAMI BEACH 



Dec, 28, 1927 
New York Sun 
By Stephen Rathbun 

"Eva Puck and Sammy 
White were a highly amus- 
ing team and much of the 
evening's loudest applause 
followed their dancing and 
comic moments." 


Dec. 28, 1927. 
New York Evening Journal 

"Sammy White and Eva 
Puck are enough to let you 
forget the vagaries of a wil- 
ful stock market — 


Jan. 4, 1928. 
Variety 
"Puck and White recently 
features in their, own right 
"in an intimate Vanderbilt 
theater musical comedy ar« 
actually the ^xis of plot mo- 
tivation, with their appear- 
ances most prolific and their 
talents registering most con- 
sistently," 


Nov. 29, 1927. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer 
« By William F. McDermott 

"Sammy White and Eva 
Puck stop the show not once 
but many times with their 
dances and their comedy." 


Nov. 16, 1927. 
Washington DaUy News 
By Leonard Hall 

"Sammy White and Eva 
Puck hurl in all their vaude- 
ville pertness to bolster up 
this leviathan when it be- 
gins to sag in the middle." 




Permanent Address 



BILTMORE SHORES 

Massapequa, Long Island 






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Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



PRESS OF NATION 

GRISCHA TOPS ALL 




FAPPEi 



PICTURES 

lieg^U. s!^r Pat. Off. 




HERBERT 



Stunning Climax of 
Radio's Daringi 
Showmanship • ^ 
Crowning Triumphi 
of First Titan Year 
and Herald of Might- 
ier Achievements to 
Come! 



Brenbn Genius in Gciilaht 
Victory as Great Critics. Pay Him 
Tribute . • • • • 

Full Year Ahead>of All Other 
Dramatic Productions and Tow^ 
ering Milestone in Evolution;of 
World Entertainment! 

f. 




CHALLENGEiOF DEFIANT DRAMA HURLED IN 



V.v, .1 k- 



THE FACE OF HUMANITY. ... 

THE CASE or 



<3t 




ACCLAIM FROM CRITICS 

'^'Grischa is a great picture'% • Phil. Public Ledger 

'^Way up in list of worthwhile films'' . Phil. Record 

^Opened before singularly moved audience'' . . 

Phil. Inquirer 

^lAmong achievements 6? talking era" 

^ Rob Reel Chi. American 

nake 'Grtscha' to your heart" • Chi. Daily Times 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



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3i 



AUDS BRENON AS 
DRAMAS 




CHESTER 



MORRIS 



BETTY 



COMPSON '"''HERSHOLT GUSTAV VON SEYFFERTITZ 



NEW TITAN DRIVE FOR RECORDS BEGINS 

Hands Chicago Staggering Smash at RKO Woods • • • Off with a Rush at Erianger, 
Phila. • • • Bursts Like Bombshell in Auditorium, Baltimore • • • Primed for Big Met. 
I'remiere at Globe, New York, Friday, March 7. 



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Wednesday, March 5, 1930 







GRETA GARBO 



JOAN CRAWFORD 



WILLIAM HAINES 



MARION DAVIES 




NEXT! 

Your Newest 



LON CHANEY 



ELECTRIFYING THE 
iAMUSEMENT WORLD! 

iM'G'M continues its amazing 
\ strides in Talkies ^uith the signing 
\of Grace Moore, celebrated 
iMetropolitan Opera Beauty 
land 'Noted Singer. 



\WREN C E 
TIBBETT 

/'The Rogue Song'' in its 2nd month in New 
York and Los Angeles at $Z is playing to abso- 
lute capacity. The Star Maker, The Hit Maker! 

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



FILM REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



33 



LET'S GO PLAGES 

(Continued from paere 21) 

ensemble, while Dixie Lee l3 used 
for three staged numbers. 
■ Production, reaches Its climax in 
"Parade of the Blues," done as a 
Btudio sequence with technicians 
and cameras In view at the start. 
It's a double exposure, with chorus 
In miniature shown stampingr on a 
huge drum as the same chorus 
parades below in larger dimensions. 
Showing heaviest In staging Is a 
cabaret number titled "Snowball 
Man," led by Dixie Lee. Ensemble 
works In a large snow scene, with 
chorus entering through mouth of 
a snow man in the background. 

At a Hollywood party "Boop- 
Boop-a-Doopa Pox Trot" is intro- 
duced by Miss Lee and several 
couples. Long gowns worn by the, 
girls make the number seem down- 
right Inert. Wagstaff sings "Reach 
Out for a Rainbow" and "Hollywood 
Nights" in good tenor. Latter 
sounds like the picture's only pos- 
sible sheet click. "Fascinating 
Devil" Is turned into hoke comedy 
by Richardson and Miss Lynn, al- 
though the lyrics don't read that 
way. Most of the picture, by the 
^ay, is Richardson's. 

• Frank- Strayer rates credit for 
squeezing the comedy into a succes- 
sion of close-packed laughs. The 
Wells dialog furnished a good 
foundation. Photography Is some- 
times erratic. 

. After seeing these ^'intimate 
scenes of the real Hollywood," cus- 
tomers will stIU be far from know- 
ing what it's all about. But the 
glimpses are romantic. 

• Picture originally Included .shots 
of celebrities mingling with the cast 
at a Chinese theatre premier e. No 
trace of it now. • .BUKffr~ 



Maurlnne O'Sullivan "So This Is 
Ltrtidon," Fox. 

■Ralph Block, continuity and 
dialog "Sea Wolf," Fox. 



FREDDIE 
CRAIG,Jr. 

In ''Mental Diyersions" 



What "Variety" tald whiU at 
' Oriental, Chicago: 



Chicago, Feb. 21. 
A. voorly-staeed presentation 
this week. Called "Tune Types," 
It featutee Harrjr Ro»e, who, with 
Fred Cralc. Jr., aaTed the show 
from bel&K one of the worgt In 
montha. 

Fred CraU, Jr., was biK with 
hie triple ooocentratlon black- 
board turn, using memory and 
upalde down writing. 

Heat of the show waa painfully 
weak. 



Now — Granada, Chicago 
Week March 7 — Grand 
Riveria; Detroit 

Par. Dir. MAX RICHARD 



SLIGHTLY SCARLET 

(ALL DIALOG) 

Paramount production ahd release fea- 
turing SJvelyn Brent and Cllve Brook. 
Story by Percy Heath adapted by Howard 
Estabrook and Joseph Manklewloz. Di- 
rected by Louis Gasnier and Bdwln H. 
Knopf. Cameraman, Allan Slegler. At 
the Paramount, N. T., week o£ Feb. 28. 
Running time, 72 mlna. 

Lucy Stavrln Evelyn Brent 

Hon, Courtonay Parkea Cllve Brook 

UalatroR ^ Paul Lukaa 

Sylvester Corbett..... Bugene PoUelte 

HlB Wife Helen Ware 

Enid Corbett Virginia Bruce 

Sandy Weyman Henry Wads worth 

Albert Hawkins Claud Alllstor 

A^arle .Christians Yves 

Malatroft's Victim.... Morgan Farley 



Nothing new, but engaging and 
interesting. Fair program fare. 

Romance of two jewel tliieves, one 
an elegant lady, the other a charm- 
ing English gentleman, with the re- 
demption via love following inevit- 
ably just before the malicious mas- 
ter mind gets his. 

Miss Brent has first billing on the 
main title, but house marquee solely 
bills Cllve Brook. That means pos- 
sibly a lot, or simply that Brook is 
still under contract to Paramount 
and Miss Brook Is not. 

It's a team afCalr all the way hav- 
ing besides the two leads, a brace of 
directors and a battery of scenarists. 
So many cooks have managed to 
keep the broth tastey and reason- 
ably piquant. ' 

Eugene Pallette, as an American 
nouveau rlche in Europe, gets In a 
few chuckles for himself as does 
Claude Alllster with his familiar 
English valet. Otherwise the cast 
Is competent,, but not memorable. 
Virginia Bruce is an attractive 
blonde eyefull, but Morgan Parley, 
pr-imInent-in-leglt,-is-but.Jittle-Bae^ 

Pans win accept it In -a spirit of 
passive enjoyment and promptty 
forget. ~ Z/ttTid. 



DARK RED ROSES 

(British Mvde) 

(ALL DIALOG) 

Produced' by "New Era Fllma tis British 
Sound Film Production with Phonofilm 
(De Forest) recording. Distribution here 
through Schlesslnter Interests. Directed 
by Sinclair Hill. Baaed oh story by Stacy 
Aumonler. Russian Ballet sequence di- 
rected by Georges Balanchln. At Cameo, 
New Tork, week Its-rch 1. Bunnlng time 
68 minutes. 

David .Stewart Rome 

His wife........ , Frances Doble 

Anton.. ^ Hugh ISden 

The mother ,...«... .Kate Cutler 

Jack Jack Clayton 

Jill ..i Jill Cla)!lon 

rim. .Sydney Morgan 



port ho gives David at the show- 
down. 

In the flubslantial atmosphere of 
English suburban life the story is 
unfolded. Despite the inactivity 
and lack of detail in the plot for 
several reels, there is a peacefulness 
and sincerity seldom accomplished 
In. productions of this kind. For 
a "theme that never swerves from 
wholesome qualities "Dark Red 
Roses" is all tlie more to be com- 
mended for its holding ability. 

The mutual interest and admira- 
tion of wife and muslciari, is mis- 
interpreted by the husband. But 
jealousy is fomented with that 
gradual naturalness characteristic 
of the entire production, Stewart 
Rome as the sculptor husband is 
superior. And the mode of his 
vengeance, shaped by a desire of 
his wife for a mould o£ Anton's 
classic hands, is unique and sus- 
penseful.. 

What Is almost ghastly but re- 
lieved of all crudity by timeliness 
of the move Is when David and 
Anton are In the sculptor's studio. 
Anton's hands are locked in a 
plaster mould. David', after ex- 
plaining his motive, dramatically 
brings down a long knife appar- 
ently across the musician's wrists. 
The swish In the recording is one 
of the most dramatic details. 
•Women in the audience turned 
their- heads away from the screen. 
But it is revealed with agrreeabl© 
suddenness that Anton's hands are 
not severed. Simply that he has 
had a practical lesson^ 

One sequehce is devoted to an 
enactment by the Russian ballet of 
Lydla Lopokova, Anton Dolin and 
Georges Balanchln. This Is timely 
and wards bfiC any chances of bore- 
-dom-fcom— thfl_countr y life qu ietl- 
tude preYalUng until then.. .It .un- 
folds the old • story of a Tartar 
avenging with a knife 'the betrayal 
of his wife by a friend. Angle is 
linked in perfectly with the action 
which follows. Not a bromide or 
an over-conventionalism in the 
entire production, however, Wolj/. 



. "Dark Red Roses" is an achieve- 
ment in foreign production. Tak- 
ing the~slmple theme of a misun- 
derstanding In a home the director, 
with a cast far aboye European par, 
works the jealousy- of the husband 
Into a perfect climax. The record- 
ing the best job accomplished over- 
seas yet heard. It Is as smooth as 
the continuity. Picture, with a 
theme song delightfully semi-clas- 
sic* and distinctive, is ,okay for 
American houses with better class 
patrons. 

Only one In the cast impressing 
as recltatlonal withi his lines Is 
Hugh Eden aa Anton, the cellist, 
with legitimate admiration for the 
wife of David, the sculptor, Eden 
at times exaggerates a foreign die 
tlon. This defett is minimized by 
Anton's .few appearance^s ,in the 
earlier fobtag© ,and by thejreal sijp 



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THE WOMAN RACKET 

(ALL DIALOG) 

Metro-Ooldwyn-Mayer production ^and 
release. Directed by Robert Ober and 
A. Kelly. Dialog by Albert-. Shelby Le- 
vine. Based on the pl«iy, "Night Hos- 
tess," by Philip Dunning. Tom Moore 
and Blanche Sweet featured. At Loew's 
New Tork, New York, one day, March 1. 
Rnnnlnr time, about 60 minutes. 



"The Woman Racket" was inspired 
by a cop-nlghtclub-whoopee play 
which had a brief run in the Beck, 
New York, about two years ago. 
It varies slightly from the cycle In 
that the OOP, Tom Moore, marries 
the night olub hostess, Blanche 
Sweet Plenty of action of the true 
and proven kind which have made 
many themes graduating from the 
school In the past ring fair at the 
rcKuMt stands. Should be all right 
for cheaper second runs and grinds. 
Story may interest aa underworld 
In the Interior hinterland spots. 

MDore has had a cop's uniform on 
In so many pictures of the last year 
or so that fans in_some tanks are 
going to figure "lie's turned to the 
force. In this one his wife, for the 
short time they live together In an 
apartment never seen by a real 
patrolman's better half except on 
the screenfl dignifies him with 
"Thomas," 

As is expected, thb old urge to 
get back to the club soon socks 
domesticity. Thomas Is responsible 
because he provides that wife with 
a beautiful evening gown, , 

■ The totsy's proprietor likes his 
dames and soon tires of Thomas's 
spouse for one of her innocent girl 
friends. But she Is hep tp the mur- 
der of a. guy who broke the bank 
-and has to be suffocated off long 
enougb to be stowed away in a 
trunk and proyld.e the loysil Thomas, 
now a detective sergeant, .with 
something to snoop for. 

In the picture the girl Is revived 
and Thomas gets all of the bad 
gentry, shooting a half dozen or bo, 
but saving the chief culprit for offi 
cial burning. Waljf. 



UNDERTOW 

(ALL DIALOG) 

L'nlveraal production and release starring 
Mary Nolan. Directed by Harry A. Pol- 
lard. Story by Wilbur Daniel Sloi>lo. At 
the Colony, New York, week Feb. -VS. Run- 
ning lime, DS mlns. 

Solly M.try Nolan 

Paul t John Mack Brown 

Jim Robert Cllis 



Too heavy for popularity. When 
the melodrama in "Uudertow" gets 
to work, and It does so, pretty early, 
there Isn't a laugh or a bright mo- 
ment, to snap an audience out of 
despondency. 

Idea of such a nice looking and 
apparently intelligent young man 
as that played by Johnny Mack 
Brown having no other ambition 
than to run a lighthouse is rather 
confusing at the start. To make It 
worse, he picks on a beautiful 
blonde, Mary Nolan, to go with him. 
And, a bit later, he goes blind. And 
there is a villlan chasing his wife. 

Just three good performances, and 
Mary Nolan tops. But three charac- 
ters and no unusually costly trim- 
mings. Most of "the action takes 
place in the lighthouse interior. 
Earlier, there are brief scenes' on a 
beach and In a dancehall. Exterior 
shots of the house on the rock are 
obviously miniatures. 

Story hits dramatic peaks once 
in a while and frequently muffs 
some excellent chances. Some 
awkward dialog for Miss Nolan to 
handle, too. For the grade B liouses. 



which must have seemed strange M 
him and will to his ^followers. 

Direction is very often stilted, but 
the settings are effectively Africaoi 
A couple newsrcel shots of the dark 
continent have been spliced in to 
make the picture look real. 

Hayden Stevenson, as Dr. F^iir- 
f:ix, a vet In the Congo, offers fair 
comedy relief. 

Recording excellent, but in some 
.=!finiences photography fails to come 
up to snun.'. Char. 



VENGEANCE 

(ALL DIALOG) 

Columbia production . and release, 
Baaed on story~b>'~RKlpJrrGrarve3r-wltt 
eontinulty- and dialog by F; Hugh Her- 
bert. Directed by Archie Mayo, Pho- 
tography by Ben Reynolds. Features 
Jack Holt and Dorothy Revler, . with 
Philip Strange and Hayden Stevenson In 
support. At Loew's New Yqik, Nerw 
York, one day, March t. Running time, 
ti mlnutea. 



HELLO SISTER 

(ALL DIALOG— With Songs) 

Produced by James Cru^te. Inc. Dls« 
trlbuted by Sono Art-World Wide Plo- 
tures. Inc. Directed, by Walter Lang 
under supervision of James Cru!!e. 
Star, Cllve Borden. Continuity and 
drnlog by Brian Mario w. Musical com- 
positions by Russell Columbo. Photog*- 
rapher, Hal Rosen. Adapted from story, 
"Clipped Wines," by Reita Lambert. 
W. E. Recorded. At Loew's New York, 
N. Y., one day, Fob. 28, Running time, 
70 mlns. 

"Vee" Newell Olive Tlordcn 

Marshall Jones Lloyd Hughes 

Fraaer Newell, ...... .George W. Fawcett 

Martha Peddle Bodil Rosing 

"Tlvvle" Rose Norman Peclc 

John Stonley Howard Hickman 

Randall Carr Raymond Keone 

Dr. Saltus Wilfred Lucas 

Horace Peddle James T. Maok 

Appleby Sims ....Horry MacDonald. 

Conservative treatment of a much 
abused theme and pleasant enter- 
tainment anywhere. Film possesses 
depth and action, just falls short 
of that halveto which the story 
suggests, but made to measure from 
the b. o. angle for old and young. 

Some technical faults, notably a 
double climax which could bo fixed 
without harm. Careful analysis 
rendered to character^ and subject 
-matter-and_the_tIile_l3_jsrood. Gets 



^ A somewhat tedious picture seek- 
ing to wring drama out of the heat 
of the African Congo and what it, 
does to whites of the more tender- 
foot legion. It's going to be.a strug- 
gl0 for thia one almost anywhere. 
As half of a double feature bill 
picture looks Uke a selection. ... 

In backgrotmd "Vengeance" 'and 
"White Cargo" sure not" dissimilar, 
liatter was banned by Will Hays 
and then produced in England for 
showing In America, haying but- 
recently opened over here. Only 
difference seems to be that in "Ven- 
geance" the hero has npt allowed 
the Afrlceui hekt to drive him to 
the black vamp seen In a couple of 
scenes, but Instead to the wife of 
the Englishman who's been sent 
down to take the hero's job. 

Philip Strange, wtth the English 
Vtccent, plays the heavy and makes 
himself successfully obnoxious not 
only to his wife (Dorothy Revler) 
but to all the rest, including the 
natives. 

Numerous opportunities for ac 
tlon, but In every scene where fur 
threatens to fly the action hardly 
gets past the threat^ Some of the 
dialog Is well done, and a couple 
jrorhal encounters between Strange 
and Jack«Holt grip the Interest, but 
in most cases the expected hot ex 
change of wdrds tiums out to be 
mild. This is one picture where 
Holt didn't have to ose his fists. 



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VARIETY 



35 



Pres& Stunts 



♦'Spirit ot WM re-enacted In 
conjunction with the opening: of thft 
jMvm"* ITSth Street theatre, N«w 

Boy scouts, dressed as Colonial 
iMlSlers, partided alon? the Heights 
pntll they came to the theatre 
jvhere they drlUed In front of the 
Ihouse. Besides this French war 
(reterans were present and also a 
'detachment from the 104th Field 
t^tlllery, H. A. Berg did It. 

- Three RKO theatres in New York 
l^e, on rainy days, handing exiting 
patrons umbrellas free of charge. 
ilTmbrellaa are folding, containing 
tao handle or rib, but are supported 
jby the hands above the head, 
'▲dler Shoe Co. Is footing the ez- 
liense of the handouts. '.These shoes 
moA addresses ot stores are adver- 
' jUsed inside the. umbrellas. 

Stunt was arranged by Merritt 
Vranken. 



though held strictly to newspapers, 
win be nationalized, 

Hes9 'departed from the conven- 
tional copy and typeface for a fling 
at high-tone, with book-page .type 
and deep shadow art following the 
T" idea on the cover of -fiie best- 
selling novel. 

Hess has also outlined an entire 
campaign, including lobBy flashes 
and display card copy, for fashion 
shows throughout the circuit. Orig- 
inally Intended for the western 
division. New York seized fhe idea 
for all sections. 



First air coast-to-coast trip by 
lllie largest land plane in the world, 
lurrying a theatrical troupe, is 
■oheduled around^Cardi 1 from the 
Newark, N. 3^ airport Arthtu- 
iWinton, of Western Air Bxpress, Is 
kesponslble for the flight, working 
In collaboration, with Frank Whit 
fce<;lc and Edd ie Pl dgeo n of Fox. 
. Plane -is (uiled "The Fox-Fanchon 
iand Marco Western Air Express 
lAerlal House Party," painted on the 
*8-pa5senger Pokker. Stops will be 
inade at key cities ehroute. 

Party of .guests were taken to 
Inspect the ship, a special parade 
permit and police' escort being fur 
nlshed for the II autos on a route 
up Fifth avenue to 57th_ street and 
ilown Broadway to Holland Tunnel, 
•n unusual police concession fpr a 
Baturday mprnlng on the two New 
iTorlc main stems. Secured by Bert 
'Adler, who handled the eastern end 
M the plane publicity. 



lioew has tied up with 300 Shef- 
field Fannfi 'Stores In New Yori. and 
suburbs. On the back side the 
iuuid bills each store gives away to 
jadvertise their groceries the list of 
.each Loew theatre and its program 
if or the week will be printed. 

Tie-up, promoted by H. A. Berg, 
Snakes a total of 570 stores In New 
(Tork and New Jersey which are 
'distributing the same form of hand 
blUs. 



; ' Chicagp, 

Radio premiere "Case of Sergeant 
Plrischa" at the Woods, grind house, 
IJack Hess' campaign for the talker, 



Chicago. 

Morse Candy Co., local manufac- 
turers, gave B. & IC 6,000 window 
displays as a tie-up for "liove 
Parade" (Par). Plugged a "Love 
Parade" box of candy for $1. Ar- 
ranged by Le^ Kaufman of the 
B. & K. exploitation staff. 



U. A.'S 7 ALL-COLOR 
AND PERHAPS MORE 



No Sirand H. 0. 



Denver. 

Taking, the cue from the lost 
Smith in "Hit the Deck," the Tabor 
theatre threw a Smith party dur- 
ing the showing of that picture. 
Special Invitations were sent out. 
SuccessfuL 



Nearly halt of the UA program 
for the season of '30-'31 will be done 
la color. Under a contract Just ar- 
ranged with Technicolor, seven pic- 
tures are slated to be made entirely 
in tints, with more likely, depend- 
ing on what product Is lined up 
later and wlietlier Tech can handle 
jyiything beyond the seven. 

Five ot the seven certain to 
be done as all-color talkers are 
"Whoopee" (Eddie Cantor), "Smil- 
ing Through" (Joan Bennett), 
"Love in a Cottage," first to be pro- 
duced by Irving Berlin; Dolores Del, 
Rio's next following "The Bad One," 
and Harry Rlchman's second, to go 
Into production about May 1. 

pictures made for the current 
season's program with color and ex- 
clusive of the seven under the new 
contract are "Bride 66," in produc- 
tion; "Hell's Angels," soon to be 
given a world premiere, and "Put- 
tin' on the Ritz," recently opened 
at $2. All were part-color talkers. 



Pictures playing the Strand, New 
York, Warner house, will not be 
held over for a second week unless 
business Is extraordinary, under a 
decision reached by Harry L. 
Charnas, managing director of the 
WB Metropolitan group. 

Although the policy Is now In 
force, it will be adhered to with 
the opening of the Winter Garden 
as a pop runft it Is understood. 

"General Crack," current at the 
Strand, will hit and top the con- 
trol figure at the Strand, but ac- 
cording to inside dope, will go out 
Friday after only one week. 

Formerly many pictures have been 
held at the New York Strand for 
two and three weeks. With day- 
and-date runs between two Strands 
and Beacon now out. It is under- 
stood the policy change on hold- 
overs was decided so that Brook- 
lyn and the Beacon didn't have to 
wait too long for the pictures. 



Toledo, O. 
Paramount-News - Bee, ■ Scrlpps 
Howard tie-up on "New Show 



World" with' star-guessing and 
other features, drew 11,000 entrants. 
First prize, a trip to Paris, went 
to Walter Schmidt, Harvard grad- 
uate business man, for his winning 
essay on "Why Toledo Is the Best 
City to Live In."-, 



NEW COAST STRING 



San Bernardino Bankers Form 
Chain — Wai'ners Reported In 



Portland, Or^ 
Orpheum pulled bumper stunt 
with its "Baby Voice Test." 
Cameraman visited -pre-arranged 
spots and. filmed local babes-in- 
arms. 

Picture, ' when ' shown, • , drew 
mothers to see how t)ieir offspring 
slxed up for future' Hollywood pos- 
slbilitiee.. No art.-^beut this,'. just., 
pure low down craft, 'but It got 'em 



' ' Providence. 

Exhibs here have found a new 
medium of advertising that is help- 
ing in more than- one way. J<few 
wrinkle is getting the theatres, 
especially the film houses, plenty of 
ballyhoo via radio and gratis. 

Rhode Island Federation of 
Women's Club has one of its mem- 
bers keep in touch with theatre 
managers to re.view all shows to 
see that the tbwn gets clean enter- 
tainment. Managers give this 
woman plenty of rope and keep her 



San Bernardino, CaL, March 4. 
Local banking interests have 
formed-Orange-BeltT-TheatreB— Ltdi: 
The inside repoij,t Is that Wanier 
Bros. Is In on It. 

Officially , Frank' Shephelrdson, 
vice-president of the American 
National Bank, is head of, the or- 
ganzation, with Dave Rector, own- 
er of the Egyptian, Maywood, also 
reported having- a piece. Com- 
pany's first house Is the New Ritz; 
just' completed and opening this 
Thursday, Other houses are plan- 
ned through southern California. 

Warner angle comes as an out- 
let for its first run pictures. Up 
to Tiow Fox ha^ had this town tied 
up. ■ 



HELLO SISTERS 

(Continued from page 33) 

Its name from a church angfe. 
Recording and photography okfty. 

One song supposedly sung by. 
Miss Borden and Lloyd Hughes. 
Cast fits, notably George Fawcett 
and Miss (Borden. Fawcett for the 
brief interval he qhows takes, a 
grand bow. Miss Borden gives a 
good performance and carries ap- 
lwaTr7iii'DydrHugire«TTates--nioeiyr-: 

story Is about an heiress willed 
a fortune by a grandparent provid- 
ing she goes -to church every Sab- 
bath for six months and doesn't go 
on a' spree. She meets a deacon 
who's young, handsome ' and a 
lawyer. The two fall and In the 
final windup they elope atier he 
has turned her down because she's 
rich. It ends happily as they flnd 
the will to be a phoney. 



Noble Johnson to "Moby Dick," 
PN. 

Virginia Sale and Fred dy l Yed- 
erick "Viennese Nights," 'WB. 



in good humor. They even go so 
far as to permit suggestions from 
her on what selections the house 
organist should play. 

Club member dally broadcasts 
news of' the theatre, giving a brief 
resume of the various bills. The- 
atres always get a break In the 
broadcasts, and the only cost Is 
probably a few dutots weekly. 



RED PEARLS 

(BRITISK !mADE) 
(Silent) 

Archibald Nettletord produotlon. IMr«ot«d 
by Walter Forde. Adapted trom 3^ lUiii, 
dolph Jam*B' Btory, "Nearer. NetrA-." Pre- 
view at Palace, London, Feb. 18. Running 
time, SO minute*. 

Orecorr Uarston Frank Pdrfltl 

BylrU Badshaw....... Lillian Rich, 

Martin Radihaw Frank Stanmore 

Paul Qordon > AntHur'Funy 

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CORNELIUS KEEFE 
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HARRY QREEN 
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KATHRYN CRAWFORD 
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GERTRUDE DURKIN 
HELEN JOHNSON 
WYNNE GIBSON 

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FRED NEWMEYER 
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Routine meller, well directed but 
with patchy casting. Xiilliaji Rich iS' 
too old and cold for her part Buf- 
fers from story within a stori' treal- 
ment, and end very unconvincing. 

All about a 'flnancter who goes 
broke and, having warning letters 
from a man he ^believes h6 killed^ 
saying he Is getting "Nearer, near^ 
er," shoots someone else, thinking it 
Is the Warner, and won't say any- 
thing when tried except "I shot the 
wrong man." Japanese pearl expert 
clears it up by telling girl in series 
of flashbacks how her father was 
shot by partner . and how He (the 
Jap) has delivered the. letters which 
have driven the murderer. (Marstori) 
mad. 

Too episodic, with characters, ex- 
cept Marston, over sketchy. Mar- 
ston, played by Frank Perfltt, saves 
the film. His performance Is worth 
a better. story. 

Safe feature for unwlred houses. 
Of no interest to America except for 
small houses. Fro*. 



THE SAP 



Warnera Bfotbera' production and release. 
Adapted from the play ot tbe aame name 
-written by William A, Grew. Screen adap- 
tation by Robert liord. Directed by Archie 
L. Mayo. B. B. Horton featured. At tbe 
Academy, K. T., for three daye, beginning: 
Feb. 20. Runiriner time, 80 minutes. 

The Sap Xldward Everett Horton 

Jim Belden Alan Hale 

Betty Patsy Ruth Miller 

The Banker Russell Simpson 

The Wop Jerry Mandy 

Jane Edna Murphy 

Mrs. Sprague Louise Corver 

Ed Mason Franklyn Pangborn 



Improbable story with lack of ac- 
tion. Reaches for entertainment in 
its gags, which are not hilarious but 
please. Film would be best placed 
where Horton Is known, otherwise 
for the daily changes. 

Play from which this picture was 
adapted showed on Broadway with 
the late Raymond Hitchcock In 1924 
Nothing of histrionic' elegance in 
the film, Horton holds nearly all 
the picture, which gets a whoop-up 
whenever Alan Hale sneaks In. Rest 
of the cast meander through in the 
standard manner. 

The Sap is a small-town guy for- 
ever on the verge of doing some- 
thing big but never quite making 
the grade. His brother-lri-law be 
comes Involved in an embezzlement 
tangle and the Sip agrees to take 
the blame for the $50,000, which the 
two crooks get him from the bank's 
vaults. 

Windup Is that the Sap makes a 
fortune in wheat futures and buys 
the bank to square things before the 
thefts arp discovered. 



Mark Goldman replaced H. A 
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.Wednesdaj, Mar<& S, 1830 



N. V. A.'s Midnight Benefit Shows 
In Chains' Variety Houses Are 
Now Set for Early Spring 



A week In this April or May will 
be selected by Pat Casey as the 
N. V, A. week and drive for the 
maintenance fund of that charitable 
organization. This was settled at a 
conference held In New TQrk last 
•week between the heads of the 
major chains, with General Will 
Hays present at the request of 
Casey. 

RKO, Publlx, Loew's and War- 
ners' were represented at the con- 
ference. A wire wti« forwarded to 
Casey Ijy, Hays advising him of the 
decision. Casey is expected to 
shortly return to New York to com- 
plete arrangements for the drive. 

In assuming supiwrtT for the 
N. v. A., including its Saranac sana- 
torium and the extensive N. V, A., 
New York, clubhouse list of weekly 
beneficiaries, the picture circuits 
like Warners and PubHx are for the 
llrat time going 100% in the drive 
With the foremost supporters of the 
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Of every 200 scripts sub- 
mitted to Warners' Flatbush 
studio as possible material for 
Vltaphone Varieties (shorts)/ 
but one is actually accepted for 
production. 

This vacdo is the more notable 
as Abe Haas, In the Warner 
home ofBce, ilrst subjects man- 
. scripts to a preliminary weed- 
ing out process. 



Ais previously reported, there will 
be ho audience collection of any sort 
during the N. V. A. week or at the 
special N. v. 5v. benefit performance. 
All of the chains' heads, with Casey 
and Eddie Cantor, N. V. A. presi- 
dent, ate a unit in this conclusion. 
An admission will be charged for 
the benieflt performance at midnight,; 
with no other/ toll expected or to be 
solicited. 

N. V. A. Week Bsriyhoo 

It M'ill be optional with the local 
theatre direction to invoke tbe 
N. V. A. week as a ballyhoo for its 
theatre. The special week is mostly 
contemplated as advantageous for 
special exploitation In which the 
theatres will Wholly participate; 
other than for the special midnight 
performance. 

Artists anywhere will be called 
tipon as volunteers for th6 midnight 
performance and at such other 
times during the week aa local man- 
agers may find It beneficial to call 
upon the artists, if convenient to 
the latter. It is believed Casey will 
secure the services of the stage- 
hands and musicians required for 
the special midnight show without 
pay or overtime. 

A discussion arising between the 
chain managements over an annual 
pass tax added to the N. V. A. sup 
port funds has not as yet been 
Anally settled. It Is reported the 
chains >re adverse to turning over 
a tax pass, if Imposing one, to other 
Interests. Casey may be asked to 
furnish another source of revenue 
plan for the N. V. A. to fill that voW. 

While it is not as yet known if 
the midnight performances through- 
out the counti'y will be sufficient to 
maintain the N. V. A. Institutions 
for a year, it Is felt that there will 
be a deficit. Present estimate is 
that there must be funds secured for 
N. V. A, annual support of between 
1900,000 and $1,000,000. 

A big Item of this amount Is the 
upkeep of the Saranac sanatorium, 
running to an overhead of between 
15,000 and $0,000 weekly: This is In 
addition to the extravagant cost of 
construction of that elaborate hos- 
pital, built by E. F. Albee and repre- 
senting $800,000. Of that total $300,- 
.000 still remains owing and has been 
the cause of the delayed opening of 
the .sanatorium for N. V. A. patients 
in the Adirondacks." 



WB BUSY ON SHORTS; 
FLEESON AS LYRICIST 



Shorts recently produced a^ War- 
ners' Flatbush studio Include: 

Nile Green," with Helen Brod- 
srick, I<e8ter Crawford, Walter Re- 



gan» Mary 01W'wi,"H«nflettST>a;vl8r 
Herbert Russell and Schuyler Mc- 
Guffln; "At Your Service," with 
Jessie Joyce Landis, William Halli- 
gan, George Blackwood, William 
Carey, Phillip Lord, Florence Karle, 
Stepbany Diamond, Norma Nelson, 
Betty Weldon and Frank Hersome; 
A Ca^e in Algiers," with Edwin 
Barrett, Allan Gould, Meslr Mor- 
rus and Helen Gray; "The Head 
Man,''* With Hugh /O'Connell and 
Kitty ^eliy in the parts originally 
slated for William Demarest and 
Patsy Kelly. 

Roger Imhof and -Ryan and Lee 
al8o '))iad» shorts. Neville Fleeson 
has' joined. ttie~ studio production 
staff as lyric writer. 

At Paramount production on 
shorts Is practically ,at a standstill. 
About 36 were made in the ;receni 
"Experimental" spurt \ under tbe 
nevir Balaban ]i;elgn. , It still remains 
to be decided what tsrpe of shorts 
Paramount will specialize on and 
hoWVmahy, This will be settled 
April 1, 

Slhc^ the opeylng of the Para- 
mount studio a' year and a halt 
ago about 95 shorts In all have 
been produced. 



No Arson Indictment^ but 
Theatre Watchman Held 

Rochester, N. Y. March 4, 
After the Fay's theatre Hre in 
January. iPebruary grand jury re- 
fused to indict Edward Harding, 
night watchman,' for arson on evi- 
dence submitted concerning Fay's 
theatre fire. Supreme Court Justice 
Rodenback declined to release Hard- 
ing from Jail on papers submitted 
by District Attorney William F. 
Love. Rodenback held- that the 
flre was unquestionably Incendiary 
and Haj'ding was in the building at 
time. 

The Justice further expressed be- 
lief that the guilty party was not 
alone In the enterprise, and that 
indictment would result in the 
whole story being revealed. He 
asked all having information to 
give it to authorities. 

Attorney Love will submit the 
case to next grand jury. Harding 
Will remain in jail unless his at- 
torney can secure freedom on bail 
from Rodenbeck. . 



Hempel Charge 



. Claiming that Frieda Hempel il- 
legally secured $10,000 worth of her 
Jewelry Helen Schaeper, Miss 
HenTpel's sisier, has brought action 
In the Brooklyn Supreme Court to 
secure the jewels. 
— -Ifiss — Schattperp— through — Att: 
Harry H. Goeliel, alleges her sister 
secured the jewels through pawn 
tickets placed ;In her keeping. 



CONCERT DANCERS SAY 
4SUN0A¥4)ISCRIMINATI0N 



Bob Murphy's Offer 



with Bob Murphy having invested 
around $10,000 in his road house on 
Robertson avenue, hear Culver City, 
he Is now confronted with an offer 
of two years, of continuous booking, 
as m. c. for RKO. 

Charlie Freeman, the RKO west- 
em booker, when h^e ^caught a 
hunk of ham and cabbage at Mur- 
phy's Astaurant. Before finishing it 
Freeman made the proposal to 
Murph, who is now trying to figure 
out how to run the place by long 
distance. 



OlflEHJOHNSON FOR WJ(. 

Olsen and_ Johnson have been 
granted a flve-week release from 
vaudeville bookings by Keith's to do 
some picture work for Warners on 
the coast. Previous report had the 
comics signed with Radio for films. 

They resume for Keith's April 26 
in the west. 



Agents Whitewashed 



VaUde and cabaret agents been 
booking acts .into the cafes and 
nite clubs of Atlantic City, N. J., 
were given a clean bill this week by 
U. S. District Attorney Tuttle. 
■ It «b80lves them from any con- 
nection or participation in the 
white slavery revelations In the re-, 
cent vice crusade against theN re- 
sort places conducted by' Hearst's 
"Evening Journal." ^ 



WIBE DUEFY'S OAKLAND 

Oakland, March i. 
ERPI engineers have been giving 
Henry Duffy's Fulton theatre an In- 
spection, apparent Intention sound 
Installation. . 

Duffy closed it as second, dra- 
matic stock house here Dec. 16. 
^ 

STANLEY FIELDS CLICKS 

^ Hollywood, March 4. 

Stanley Fields, former vaudo- 
Tllllan, was given a five-year con- 
tract by Paramount after appearing 
In "Streets of Chance." 

Fields at one time worked with 
Frtfnk Pay. 



Fined for Kid Act 

Cedar Rapids, la., March 4. 

L. M. Garman, manager of the 
Iowa theatre, was ari'ested the sec- 
ond time within a month for vio- 
lation of the child labor law. 

He was fined $60 and costs fol- 
lowing appearance of Geraldlne 
JPreis, 9, for a few performances. 



Edris Millar's Ballftt Post 

Los Angeles^ March 4. 

Edrls Millar, premier dancer -with 
Oukransky Ballet playing for RKO, 
has been appointed premiere dan- 
seuse for the next season of the 
Los Angeles Opera Company. 

Meanwhile she continues in 
vaudeville. 



Mangeah Quit Ssttled 

Suit of Hazel Mangean, of the 
Mangean Troupe, against Virginia 
Douglas' (professionally, Virginia 
Shipp), was settled out of court last 
week for $600, sum demanded in the 
sulf. 

' Miss Mangean, through her at- 
torney Lou Handin, clain^ed the 
money due as a personal loan. 



HEALY-HAYO TEAM 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

Betty Healy is teaming for vaude 
with 't'rank' Mayo, currently In "The 
Niit Farm" at the Vine Street. 

They will start as soon as Mayo 
finishes in the show. 



BED HEAD'S SHORT 

Babe Egan and her Hollywood 
Red Heads, back from a tour of 
Europe, will make their "first short 
for Warners in the East. 



Talking to a Towner 



By JOE LAURIE, Jr. 



Hello — didn't* I see you playing 
at the theatre?...! thought so... 
You do a pretty good stunt. ..Tou 
make up all them jokes yourself 
don't you?.. .1 thought so... But the 
Mrs. said she read a lot of the jokes 
that the actors, tell In "College 
Humor" . . . The fellow .next door to 
us' gets all them joke books and he 
lends them to us — some good stuff 
in them too. . .He Isn't an actor but 
he ought to be one — he makes 
everybody laugh — he is In the hard- 
ware business and he leads the 
singing at the Rotary Club 
luncheons — whenever they need 
some fun they call on him — he ought 
to go on the stage... Much better 
than a. lot of actors we see at the 
theatre. 

A couple of weeks ago there was 
a fellow playing at the same the- 
atre you are... I forget his name— 
I'm not much on names — anyway 
this guy came out without any 
paint on his face and he bad a 



regular suit on and be just talked — 
no jigging or singing... The audi- 
ence laughed all _ the time he was 
on but we didn't care so much for 
him — ^he doesn't do anything. Be- 
llevO me he gets away with 
murder...! don't know how he gets 
by... and I guess he gets pretty 
good money for it too... Tbe Mrs. 
and me were glad when he got off 
the stage. 

Are They Married? 
Do they pay ydur traveling and 
hotel Gxpences?. . .No?. . .Well then 
you fellows don't have much left do 
you?... But you can live wherever 
you want to eh?... Is that couple 
that do the acrobatics on the bill 
with you married?...! guess most 
of the people on the stage are mar- 
ried. . .1 told the Mrs. that I thought 
It was his wife because she don't 
do much except hand the man a 
handkerchief .. .but she sure has a 
nice shape... I like acrobatics...! 
(Continued on page 43) 



Fvst RKO act Unit Plays at 
Golden Gate, S. and Pleases 



Art Objects SeUbg 



• Reported In Variety some 
months ago that RKO bad de- 
cided to dispo^ of the Innum- 
erable art objects In and about 
several of its former Keith 
theatres, the sale has been 
proceeding. 

Nearly all disposal to date 
has been done privately. It Is 
said the Albee, Brooklyn .has' 
been about washed up on its 
expensive and useless "art." 
The RKO Memorial, Boston, 
and Palace, Chicago, are a 
couple of other heavily ladened 
art for sight theatres, given 
the spread In the days of B. F. 
Albee.. 

Costly art stuff never drew a 
dolla.r and became a matter of 
loss for the minor ^asy to lift 
pieces. 



A committee of concert dancers, 
representing the Cpncert Dancers' 
League with a membership of .over 
300 perfonners, . with headquarters 
at Carnegie Hall,'-call^ on District 
Attorney Thomas C T.. C^ain last 
Saturday to protest to the aotivlr 
ties -of tbe Sabbath Day League, 
which they claim are forcing them 
to give up their profeasloil. The 
committee was con^posed of "Ta- 
marls," Agnes George DeMlIle and 
Sara»MIldred Straus. . • 

The /dancers told Assistant Dis- 
trict Attorney James Daly that the 
Sabbath League • people were dis- 
criminating by preventing tham ap- 
pearing in New' Tork on Sundays. 
They . pointed out that although 
there Is an old "Blue Law" on the 
statute books prohibiting ^theatrical 
performances of all kinds from 
showing . on Sunday, burlesque 
shows, pictures and artistic per- 
formances are conducted without 
Interference. 

The complainants assert that they 
are preventdd to appear on the only 
day they can obtain an ^pty thea- 
tre. If the discrimination continues, 
they say, they will be forced to 
abandon their work. 

Mr. Daly told the committee he 
was sorry as the law . was on the 
books he could take no action 
against the Sabbath League. The 
only recoiu^e thdy had, he informed 
them was to apply to the Supreme 
Court for an Injunction restraining 
the police from Interfering with 
their performartc'es- 



Greta Nisten's Act 

« Latest picture name to come to 
vaude is Greta Nlssen, Actress was 
knocked out of talkers by her Swed- 
ish accent 

Miss Nissen opens for Keith's in 
Tonkers March 19. 



F. & K. ENTEB SFQKANE 

Spokane, March 4. 

With the opening of tlie Post 
Street theatre, formerly the Ameri- 
can, by Ray A. Grombacher late last 
week all future road bookings will 
revert to the did Auditorium or Ma- 
sonic 'Temple auditorium. 

Gertrude Himtlngton, who handled 
outside features for two seasons, 
relinquished her lease to Grom- 
bacher. He opened with Fanchon 
and Marco to capacity *usIne8B. 
First time Fanchon and Marco have 
showed here. 



TX. Y. A. CLOWK NIGHTS 

Clown nights have again become 
a regular Sunday night feature at 
the N. V. A. club. 

Minstrel show will be staged next 
Sunday (March 9) with Billy Clark 
and Nat Burns in charge. 



Dunedins Return ^ 

Dunedin Troupe, old-time bicycle 
turn which has been .disbanded for 
years, reorganized. Act will open 
at the Franklyn March 27. 

Jim Dunedin, until the reorgani- 
zation of the turn, was an agent. 



MABCO nr NEW YOBK 

Hollywood, Marcli 4. 
Marco of Fanchon & Marco is due 
in New York this week. 
He will engage a fevy acts. 



San Francisco, March 4. 

Currently at the RKO Golden 
GatOyis the first four-act vaude unit 
bill, booked by Charlie Freeman in 
New Tork, to play this territory. 
The stage vaude, running SS min- 
btes, pleases, more so. than the five- 
act bills preceding and especially 
the Immediate five turn show of the 
previous week. 

In this combination RKO show. 
First National's "Furies" is the 
talker feature. At the opening day's 
first cjJmplete performance the 
house held nearly capacity, although 
no stress had been given the altered 
vaude policy In the publicity or 
advertising. Consensus here is that 
if the Incoming four-act units will, 
play as fast and entertainingly as 
the opener, more space should be 
given tbe vaude end in the billing : 
and. newspaper ads. Now they are 
almost wholly devoted to the picture 
end. This need of added publicity 
locally is made more apparent as 
the Golden <€tate is the single house 
In the. city with vaudeville on its 
stage, and this always has been 
known- as a vaudeville town^ 

■7rTKe~Btni'(enytlVB— four-TTOts-lroh 
outstanding smash. Jack Pepper and 
his two boy aides In the closing 
spot were expected to come through 
more strongly than they did. The 
Pepper turn did very well, rating 
^ith Gallarlnl and Sister as the 
star acts and hits. The bill suffered 
somewhat through a 'substitute irt 
for Medley of Medley and Dupreyj 
While the ..stooge did well, leaving 
the audience, unaware of tbe shift,, 
the show people recognized the ab- 
sence of spontanlety that Medley 
would have given the mixed two- 
turn. Credit goes to the boy for 
his work under the circumstances. 
Medley is ill and may be out of the 
act for a ^couple more weeks. ' 
Lively Opener 
Opening the show are. the Leo 
Twins, with six danC^^. It Is a 
lively srght dancin^Sktum, with the 
two girls doing their double dances 
but omitting the' acrobatic dance 
here at the first show, whether to 
save themselves or gain time was 
not stated. As an otfener the Lee 
Twins (not kids) nijade a flash and 
impression. 

In running order the show had 
Lee ■ Twins, Medley and Duprey, 
Gallarina and Sister, Jack Pepper 
and Boys, 16 people in all. 

The Gallarlnas have their muslcal^^ 
turn set for approval by any audi- 
ence, ..Ithough Gallarina sholild 
hang his several musical instru- 
ments on a rack on ,the stage for 
better effect. Now he steps behind 
the drop each time to pick up an- 
other one of the many he plays.- 
This is probably for la stalling brief 
rest but the stalling could be ac- 
complished In some other way be- 
fore th? audiencCi while the en- 
semble of musical instruments on a 
rack would be much more impres- 
sive. At present Gallarina is en- 
coring and closing with a couple of 
more instruments. He might play 
those in "^he/ act proi>er, leaving, 
with his sister, with a fast pop 
number once again on the ac- 
xordions. 

Too. Much Spotlight 
• Another criticism of the show and 
the Lee act in particular is too 
much spotlight. The Lee turn was 
built for the spotlight effect since 
there are silhouetted dancers In It. 
but the spotlight here, as In all 
other RKO houses, is badly over- 
done. 

This four-act show came in from 
the northwest. It is also the first 
Freeman RKO four-acter booked by 
him out of New York. Others to 
rotate weekly hereafter will come 
In by the same route, going from 
here to Oakland and then Los 
Angeles. 

Four-act bills cost around $3,000, 
gross salary, about $1,000 cheaper 
than the five-act bills mainly look- 
ed In New York before Freeman as- 
sumed charge of the western RKO 
books. House managers in town 
agree if Freeman can keep up the 
present pace of framing the four- 
act units as he has with this one, 
RKO has something new out here in 
the .vay of vaude that can stand 
plenty of plugging in the combo 
houses. 

The bill before this one, of five 
acts, carried a 4-people farcical skit 
at $900 a week that couldn't have 
gotten a look In 10 years ago, the 
worst kind of a cheater. The same 
bill's headline, two-man singing act 
at $1,260, died at the closing day's 
matinee after three songs, without 
taking an encore. 

Irene Franklin Better 

Irene Franklin has left the Fifth 
Avenue hospital where recently 
operated. 

She Is due back into "Sweet Ade- 
line" in two weeks. 



Wednesday, March 6, 1930 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



39 



Radio Pictores Looks for Talent 
In Keith s Vaude-Easy Konting 



Radio Plcturea, ot th© RCA group, 
Intends to help another branch of 
the family, Keith's and It« artlBts, 
■wherever posalbto by picklngf talent 
for talkers from the vaude circuit. 
Artist* will be drafted from ,th© 
BKO radio hour, -wherever anyone 
shows potential picture value and 
teste pan out. 

A part of the general scheme In 
eelectincr talker people from Keith's 
)s to enable the artists to play vaude 
dates to the west coast Radio lot 
and back to the east after pictures, 
-when not placed under long termers. 
' Latest picked from vaude is the 
John Tiller Sunshine Qirls, ensem- 
ble of 1#, current -at the Palace, New 
York. Brought to the attention of 
Badio, the picture producer signed 
the troupe for three pictures, and so 
erranged that the act can play vaude 
dates to th» west coast. 

Taken out of vaude for Radio 
talkers alteady have been Ken Mur- 
ray, Ann Greenway, Bert Wheeler, 
Three Brox Sisters, Margaret Padula 
and others. 

JIG MARATHONERS ARE 



Detroit, March 4. 

In Its 109th day a dance marathon 
at. the Eastwood Ballroom was halt- 
ed by State Labor Commissioner 
Eugene Brock and Sheriff Percy L. 
Moore, acting on complaint of the 
owners of the property. Max Kerner 
and Henry "Wagner. Latter were 
peeved because the marathon had 
lasted so long, owners having figured 
30 days as the outside limit when 
the 4S couples (Started. 

C. F. Pressy, promoter of th© 
event, announced a special *50-cent 
benefit dance for th© five surviving 
couples, each of whom will receive 
$260 as their reward for over three 
months' work. 

Dancers had one 24-hour sleeping 
period during the 109 days, the re- 
sult of a legal move. 



SONG AND DANC E IN COURT 

Gaudamith Boys Do It To Prove 
Mother C^res For Them 

Chicago, Mar. 4. 

Case of Henry Gaudsmith, vaude 
performei', against his divorced wife, 
Florence Gaudsmith, for the custody 
of their two children, was decided 
in court by the youngsters them 
selves. In reply to Gaudsmith's 
charge that the boys weren't being 
properly trained, they retorted their 
mother treated them fine. To prove 
it the kids did a song and dance for 
the Judge, explaining their mother 
taught theni. 

Court decided upon a compromise, 
giving the mother .custody of the 
two children, Kenneth, . 9, and 
Adolph, 7, but ruled that Florence 
Gaudsmith must move from N«w 
York to Chicago so the boys* father 
may visit them more often. Gaud 
smith's request that the $60 a month 
alimony be set aside was refused. 



BIOCK-SUIXT WEDDIN& 

Lo3 Angeles, March 4. 
Jesse Block and Eve Sully, who 
open here at the RKO this Thurs 
day, are slated for the matrimonial 
route. 

Couple plan to tie the loop while 
in town. 



Kino's Steady Spot 

John King, old-time minstrel man, 
in. vaude 14 years partnered' with 
Vaughan Comfort, has become as 
eistant superintendent of St. John's 
College in Brooklyn. 



Forgery Sentence 

Chicago, March 4. 
Harry Burns, alias Cooper, who 
posed as one of the four Cooper 
brothers, vaude,' was sentenced to 
60 days in the Bridewell for forging 
checks as Harry Cooper. 



Gaurfain's First 

Harry Gaurfain's first Publix unit 
since he joined the production staff 
will be "Dancing Keys." 

It opens In NeW Haven next week. 



Uncertain Cakes 



Chicago, March 4. 
Newspaper running ' hidden • 
word" contest In its want ad 
section surprised to find 76 re- 
plies daily from, a certain ad- 
dress. 

Curious, they found the ad- 
dress was a hotel inhabited 
principally by vaude lay-offs. 



15 'BLUE' CUTS 

IN $6,000 Aa 



Type of material used by Ted 
Healy at th© Palace, New York, last> 
week nearly caused Keith's to can 
eel the $6,000 comedian before be 
finished the week. More than 16 
outs were ordiefed made in his act 
during th© course of the engage- 
ment Before he was permitted to 
start his second (current) week at 
the Palace, Healy wa^ said't^TTi^-ye; 
promised to be good. 

Some of the gags and biz, fol 
lowed by reported disregard for or 
ders, combined to incur the dis- 
pleasure of Hiram S. Brown. The 
RKO president took personal co£r 
nizance of the material and advised 
Healy, through a booking ofladal, 
that If he did not comply with the 
circuit's orders' his services would 
no lonefer be required. 

Mr. Brown .fegarda offensive ma^ 
terlal on the Keith stages with ex- 
treme disfavoi', and has often voiced 
his feelings In the matter to acts 
through the bookers. 

Account was that Ke'lth's feared 
setting of an unfavorable precedent 
by Healy's use of blue stuff at the 
Palace. Other comics and acts who 
caught Healy at the Palace would 
be justified In objecting to censor 
Ing of their material, it was said. 

Healj^ has been approved for a 
third week at the Palace. 'A fourth 
week is even possible, with the 
booking department^eavlng it open. 



AGENT SAYS WHl FIX, 
BOOKING OFHCE'S NO 

— ~t — 

One of the 10 RKO agents declar- 
ed out in the current wholesale dis- 
enfranchlsement has written to all 
the acts he represents advising them 
to disregard anything they might 
read or hear regarding his loss of 
status on the Keith floor. It stated 
that by the time the exit date (April 
1) rolls around, he will have squared 
himself with the booking oflice. 

The same agent is said to have 
asked Keith's to extend his time 
on the floor 30 days, or until May 1. 
Account is the booking office, cou- 
pling th© agent's request for more 
time with the bulling letters to his 
acts, refused an extension. 

Due to his past record, according 
to Keith's, this agent has no chance 
of returning, boasts to the contrary 
notwithstanding. 



Disregard Vass' Will 

Appraisal of the estate of Ephraim 
Q^hn, vaudeville actor, knoWn as 
Victor Vass, who filed In New York 
last May, showed a net estate of 
$3,1C0 after th© payment of his 
debts, .which Included $1,213, due 
the N. v.. A. .Vass' will was disre- 
garded because It was written on 
March 9, 1928, when he was under- 
going ti^eatment for mental trou'ble 
He bequeathed all his savings to 
th© N. V. A. , 

N. "V. A. waived any claim to the 
estate o|i condition that Vass' heirs 
would not dispute the organization's 
right to collect $1,213 du©» Under 
th© agreement the net estate went 
in equal shares to Henry lind. Mark 
Casper, uncles of Vass, living In 
Long Island City. , 



UNEMPLOYED MOB 



RKO Uaher Ad in Providencs 
Starts Riot^Poiic* Called 



Providence, March .4. 

Unemployment condition here is 
so bad that when the RKO Victory 
manager advertised for an usher 
last week 160 applied for the job 
and caused a near' ri6t. 

Informed that the job was filled, 
the crowd milled about the house 
in a threatening attitude. Plate 
glass in theatre was broken. "When 
th© mbb refused to move Manager 
Storin called police. 



Bert Wheeler's $3,000 

Bert Wheeler has his new picture 
contract from Radio. Agreement Is 
for on© year at $3,000 a week, play 
or pay. 

Roscoe Arbuckle has been given 
a contract by this same company 
as gag man. 



Jeff Davis Moves 

Jeff- Davis is moving over to th^ 
Billy Jackson agency from C, B. 
Maddock's. Both New York Keith 
»gcncioa. ~ 



Soph Resumes April 15 

Sophl©- Tucker's Loew time, can- 
celed because of Illness, will be re 
sumed April 16. It Is expected she 
will be fully recovered by then. 

Llta Grey Chaplin is subMng for 
Soph at Loew's, Kansas City, this 
week. 



Keiths Lets Out 10 Agents; 
Cuts Number to 18, Lowest in 
History-Third Slice Within Year 



The broom of the Keith office has 
swept through the agency ranks 
again; 10 fran(Miiscd agencies are 
out. This general revocation of 
franchises by Keith's Is the most 
complete on record and shaves the 
number of outstanding Keith fran- 
chises to 18, It includes some pro- 
ducers in and out, listed as agents, r. 



Frances WiUiams Sued 
In Alienation Action 

Pittsburgh, March 4. 
Prances "Williams, appearing here 
last week at the Alvln In "Scan 
dais," was sued for $100,000 In Com 
mon Pleas Court by Mrs. Bertha 
Jones of Pittsburgh, who alleges 
alienation of the affection of her 
husband, Allan M. Jones/ pianist with 
TEO^«aTf"«7rtar-eolleglans--In-iiFlf-ty. 
Mlillon Frehchmeri." ' Miss Wil 
Haps admitted her engagement to 
Jones, stating he had proposed last 
December, and exhibited an engage- 
ment ring he had given her. 

Jones was a former taxicab 
driver here and In Beaver Falls, Pa., 
his wife says. They were married 
In i)ecember, 1922, Mrs. Jones 
claims, and until July, 1029, he was 
devoted to her. Her bill of par- 
ticulars charges that while Jones 
one© paid her $200 weekly for sujj- 
port, lately he has refused to con- 
tribute a cent and has flatly Ignored 
her. 

Mrs. Jones says her husband has 
Inferred that the remedy would bo 
a divorce so he might marry Miss 
Williams. The plaintiff also claims 
that Miss Williams had been noti-' 
fled Jones was a married man, but 
that she has repeatedly Ignored this 
fact, and that by her actions she 
has sought to influence the plaintiff 
to divorce Jones. 

Miss Williams said h«re that 
Joiies had not lived with his wife 
for almost three years, and that she 
Intended to marry him just as soon 
as h© obtains a divorce. 

A capias attached to the suit 
asked that th© actress be arrested 
and held in ball of $5,000. Judge 
Moore reduced the bond to $1,000, 
and this was posted. 



AGENTS OUT 



Max Hays*. 
Milton Lewis. 
Nadsl A Gerber./ 
Morris M, Feil< 
Roger Murrell. 
Bart McHugh. 
Harry Remm. 
Rose a Manwsring. 
Paddy Schwartz. 
Henry Belitt. 



UNIT'S BATTLE LULL 



Derickson and. Brown Remain in 
RKO Lineup UnlMii— 



Battl© of Charles Derlckson and 
Bbrton Brown agiilnst the rest of 
the Orpheum vaudeville unit com- 
posed of Stewart and Lash, Dl GI- 
tanos, Powers and Jarrett, The 
Cavaliers (band), and the two-man 
piano and . singing' act has appar- 
ently subsided. Keith's has changed 
Its mind about taking the trouble- 
some team off the bill, but the book- 
ing ofllce still makes threat of re- 
moval if nasty words dr© tossed 
arobnd again. 

Agitation aniong members of the 
unit bill raged during the 10 weeks 
they hav© been out, and caused cion- 
stant trouble on the show. 

Following the arrest of one of the 
Di GItanos In Oakland upon the 
two-act's complaint in Oakljind, the 
office stepped In to halt further 
battling. 



Most of those let out have been 
aware of their coming fat© . since 
announcement of the cut was made 
several weeks ago. Ohly those who 
have shown genuine results In\their 
booklng_actiYltie fl and have w orked 
In harmony- with the- booking "ofllce. 
remain, Th© others — those who are 
but — were considered non-produc- 
tive, or an unfavorable element, and 
are out becaiUBe their efforts were 
not considered by Keith's as suf- 
flclent to warrant, the privileges 
granted agents on the booking floor. 

A year ago, with Keith's In the 
same shape as It appears to be now 
as concerns income available to the 
agents, there were over GO fran- 
chises outstanding and close to 100 
agents doing business under that 
number of permits. 

Third Cut in Year 

Last week's redaction was the 
third in about a year and cuts the 
list of franchises to the lowjest In 
modem records of Keith's. At the 
time B. F. Albee left, the Keith floor 
was clogged with about IGO agents 
and not more thah- 10% of that 
number booking^ enough acts solely 
with Keith's to derive a respectable 
living therefrom. The same Condi- 
tion has existed to a lesser degree 
since th© flrst two cuts, this 
prompting the circuit to reduce to 
a° better balance of agent« for the 
number of acts played. 

It Is believed by Keith's that 
there is now sufficient .opportunity 
for th© 18 remaining franchise hold- 
ers to eliminate any violation of the 
restrictions under whi^ thejr are 
franchised. This includes booking 
under cover on theToutsldo/ taking 
excess coihmlsslons, ralslrig tolaries 
against the best Interests of the 
booking office, and otherwise cheat- 
ing out of desperatloh because a 
living could not be made by exclu- 
sively booking within th© Keith 
office. 



Sam ThalFs Daughter 

Chicago, March 4. 
Zabelle Thall premiered profes- 
sionally as a danseuse at the Opera 
Club. 

She is a daughter ot Sam Thall, 
R-K-O western transportation 
manager. 



INJTJEY SUIT 

Bridgeport, March- 4. 
Damages of $7,500 are asked in an 
action filed in Superior Court this 
week by Flora Carpenter, dancing 
teacher, against PerCy >ndcrson, 
real estate dealer. 
" Plaintiff Claims to haVe been 
seriously Injured July 7, 1929, when 
she tripped and fell headlong down 
an unlighted flight of stairs. 



Charles Freeman and George God- 
frey. 

In the future there probably will 
bo an average of ■ two associate 
agents entitled to floor privileges 
under each franchise, or a total of 
about 60 agents altogether. Many 
of this number will be minor asso- 
ciates. 

Included in th© list of agents re- 
leased are several who as far as 
known hav© been loyal to Keith's 
under the rules of the restrictlvo 
franchise, but whoa© past business 
fails to call tor further association 
with the booking office. Others, 
without any distinction made In the 
announcements, ar© reported to 
have incurred th© wrath of the cir- 
cuit by refusal to abide by the rules 
and adoption of a "sue me" atti- 
tude, j 
Political Wires 
As soon as the lists were made 
public hnd the agents notifled aa 
to their status, several lost no time 
pulling wires for a return. A few 
were said to have appealed to va- 
rious political powers at Tammany 
Hal l for help. Others have been 
f ariiig. so badly on ttie i5o'gKtng~fl om .' 
lately that they took thfeir nbtioo" 
as though they expected it and 
made no effort to protest. 

Under the revised franchises 
there will be no distinction between 
agents and producers. AH agents 
can now produce and all producers 
booking acts with Keith's under* 
frandliises are considered as agents. 
The older system of franchises for « 
producers forced the act builders to 
book through another agent and 
often made Keith's buys more ex- 
pensive due to th© "declaring In.** 



Associate Agents Out 



Phil Offin. 
Bill Cowan. 
Malcolm Eagle. 
Abe Feingoid. 
Jack Hart. 
Frank Donally. 
Leonard Romm. 
Wayn* Christy. 
Nick Ajgiiata. 
Joe Reidar. 



Agent's Remaining 

M. S. Bsntham.. 
Charlis Bierbauer. 
Jack CCirtis. 

Phil Morris and George Chocs. 

Harry Fitxgerald. 

Marty Forkina. 

Tom FItxpatrick. 

Max Gordon. 

Billy Jackson. 

Edw. S. Keller-Jack Welner. 

Charles Maddeck. 

Charles Morrison. 

Jams* E. Plunkett. 

Harry Rogera. 

Nat Sobef. 

Lee Stewart. 

Weber-Simon. 

Weeden & Schultx. 



The changes in Keith's affects 
agents only. There Is reported to 
be no Immediate contemplation of 
any changes In th© booking per- 
sonnel. 

Paddy Schwarti, one of the disen- 
franchised agents, voluntarily turn- 
ed .In his franchise a few days be-' 
fore the cut to go 'with the M. S. 
Bentham office as an associate un- 
der Bentham's permits This has 
been passed on by Piazza. 

The releases are as of April 1, 
giving the departing agents a month 
to clean up and straighten out their" 
affairs. On that date there will 
probably be a turnover to remaining 
agents of acts now represented by 
those who hav© been disenfran- 
chised. 

George Choos and Phil Morris, 
formerly classlfled as producers ex- 
clusively, have been teamed under 
one franchise. 

Immediately after the identity of 
those out was disclosed, every sec- 
ond agent retaining his status 
hopped on the "out" agents'. list of 
acts by phone, wire and mall. 

In return for loyalty from the re- 
maining agents,^ Keith's has reit- 
erated Its Intention of entirely wip- 
ing out "direct booking" in order 
to buy all acts through bona lido 
Keith act reps. 



In addition, Keith's franchised 
agents are permitted to place acts 
with pictures and in leglt. Opening 
of the two non-oTpposltlon flelds has 
broadened the scheme . for the 
agents, the cute In the ranks broad- 
ening It further. Henceforth, any 
Keith agent found violating the 
rules In any way will Immediately 
lose his franchise. 

Th© "associate agents," those 
booking on the floor under per- 
mission of a franchise holding asso- 
ciate's franchise, who are out, can 
return to the booking office under 
someone else's franchise only by 
the approval of Ben Piazza. 

Selection of those leavlnir and re- 
maining was reported made by an 
executive committee- comprising 
Illram S. Brown, Ben Piazza, 



SEAL BITES ODIYA 

Kew Britain, Conn., March A. 

Lady Odiva was painfully but not 
seriously Injured when one of her 
seals bit her arm. The seal was 
hurt while working at the St^nd 
here and turned on Odiva. 

Odiva stayed in the tank until 
the curtain was lowered. She was 
given medical attention l.'itPr and 
worlced the next .show. 



Bt-ice- Baker Return Date 

Fannie Brice and Phil IJaUpr, who 
teamed for an afterpiece at the Pal- 
ace, New Tork, three weeks ago, 
may play a return date together 
week of April 15. 

Miss Brice started a 10 woeks* 
percentage route for Keith'.': at tlio 
AUicp, Brooklyn, this week. 



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VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



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Publix Dropping Six Unit Weeks; 
No Route Stands West of Minn. 



Publix unit route will Ipse Denver, 
Omaha, Des Moines, San Antonio, 
Kew Orleans and Dallas within 
three weeks. This cuts six weeks 
off the tour and reduces number 
o£ weeks for the units to 19. 

Four of the six will go straight 
pictures. Remaining pair, Omaha 
and Des Moines, continue in pre- 
sentations, locally staged with spot 
bookings of acts from the Publix of- 
fice In Chicago. 

Possibility of Denver, San An- 
tonio, New Orleans and Houston 
later going vaudfilm is held unlike- 
ly by Publix. There were reports 
that the four towns would be vaude- 
booked by the William Morris of- 
• fice in New York. 

Loss of the six weeks follows a 
previous loss when Loew's pulled 
five weeks of its own towns off the 
Publix books. Publix units are left 
without a theatre west of Minne- 
apolis, all remaining playing time 
confined to . the east. 

Publix picture house . unit route 
becomes about equal to Loew's after 
withdrawal of the six towns. San 
Antonio drops out March 13 and the 
rest at various other dates up to 
March 20, at- whleh- time ■Lrel 
withdraws. 



$5,000 FOR AIR TRIO 

state- Lake Pays Three Doctors 
Record For Chi Radio Act 



Chicago, March 4. 

JIKO has booked the Three Doc- 
tors, radio act, for the Sts^te-Lake 
week of March 22 at $5,000. This is 
more than was paid Amos 'n Andy 
for the same house. 

High salary is for anticipated 
local drawing power, following re- 
sults with Amos 'n Andy and the 
Hungry Five. In Chicago the Three 
Doctors over WMAQ rank with 
Amos 'n Andy as an air attraction. 

State-Lake will be the first vaude 
appearance for the "nut" trio. • 



VAUDE BACK Df TWO 

"Vaude goes back into the Strand, 
Niagara Falls, N. Y., and the Gayety, 
Utica, booked by the New York 
Fox ofllceg (Jack Allen), March 22. 
Fanchon-Marco Ideas, now played 
in both, will be discontinued. 

Utica show may be enlarged by 
Fox bookers to compete with the 
Keith theatre there. 



MILLER 



WILSON 



In a Comedy Skit 

"I DARE YA" 

This Week, 
Palace, Chicago 



Booked Solid— R, K. O. 



Direction— MORRIS A. FEIL 



KEITH'S FAMILY DEPT. 
NOW WITH 9i WEEKS 



Direction of scout work and sell- 
ing efforts by Ben Piazza, with 
assistance from Jack Hodgdon, has 
built up Keith's formerly anemic 
Family Dept. book to nine and one- 
half weeks of playing time. The 
former "fifth floor" division, de- 
clared through at the start of the 
season, now has a healthy look in 
contrast to the shape it was in a 
few months ago. 

Pending deal whereby the six 
Amalgamated -bool^d Comerford 
towns are to swing over to Keith's 
for bookings, would increase the 
Farhily time to 13 weeks. Latest 
definite additions are Canadian 
Paramount's two full weeks in To- 
ronto and Hamilton, both formerly 
booked by Pantages. Bookings start 
March 15. 

All but Albany, -Troy, Schenec- 
tady and Union Hill of the houses 
on Hodgdon's book, besides four 
RKO theatres In New York, are 
independently owned and aflflliated 
fn'?nr|^WthrKeit-his-*Jn 

ing agr'ee'ments Only. 

Scouts are currently on the road 
for additional indie time. 

Family Dept. book now contains 
the Bushwick, Prospect, Royal and 
Franklin, New York City; Toronto, 
Hamilton, Utica, Albany, Troy, 
Schenectady, Ottawa, Quebec, Pitts- 
burgh, McKeesport, Union Hill and 
Jersey City. Toronto, Hamilton, 
Albany and Pittsburgh are full 
weeks; Ottawa and Quebec, first 
halves. Rest are splits. 



Tourist Tickets 



Loew May Return to 
MoflrThors. This Month 



Loew's proposed return to Mon- 
day and Thursday opening days for 
vaude may take place March 17. 
Proposal has been up for some time 
with final settlement and naming 
a date due this week. 

No benefits have been derived by 
Loew's from the change to Satur- 
day starts. Loew's Joined the gen- 
eral change by all vaudeville, fol- 
lowing the picture house idea of 
getting the week-end business early. 

Other vaude circuits are not con- 
sidering a change as yet, perhaps 
waiting for results of the Loew 
move. 



Chicago, March 4. 
Pam Thall, general trafflc 
manager for the RKO weptern 
office, is attempting to work 
out a scheme whereby all per- 
sons buying transportation 
through that office will be given 
an all-year tourist ticket. If 
this idea fails, plan is to in- 
augurate a special tourist rate 
during the winter months for 
'acts. 

At present the tourist rate 
begins late in May and expires 
in November. 



SPOT BOOKING 
BACK IN EAST 



Spot booking of all Keith bills In 
the east commenced this week as a 
result of the eastern booking de- 
partment's decision to abandon the 
unit show policy. At the same time 
all unit bills formed since this plan 
was inaugurated were scrapped and 
the acts in them re-routed. 

Keith's eastern books are now 
-bacl L-on the old week-to-week basis. 
With theatres ilninformed -01. ftrture" 
bills for a week or less in advance. 
Return to spot booking takes the 
edge off the RKO publicity depart 
ment's extensive canjpaign to ex 
ploit the eastern units well ahead at 
each theatre and in each town. Ad- 
vance exploitation Is still possible 
west of Cleveland, however, where 
the western booking department's 
four-act unit bills are playing. Pol- 
Icy will probably stick in that terri- 
tory. 



MURRAY FEIL SET 



Morris & Feil Agency Out — Latter 
to L. A. for Wm. Morri* 



Chi's Unlicensed Agents 



Chicago, March 4. 
Booking of acts by unlicensed 
organizations, particularly by or- 
chestras and dancing or acting 
schools, is getting the squawks 
here. 

Practice has become so prevalent 
that regular agencies are planning 
to take the matter to the State 
Employmem. Commission. 



VAUDE BACK IN TULSA 

Tulsa, March 4. 

Interstate's Orpheum theatre, 
straight pictures since the start of 
this season, returns to vaudeville 
March 11. Will play the Interstate 
road shows three days (Tues.- 
Thurs.) weekly. 

This city will fill the present 
three day layoff gap between Okla- 
homa City and Ft. Worth on the 
Interstate route. 



Murray Feil (Morris & Feil) left 
New York Saturday for Los Angeles 
to take charge of the William Mor 
ris office on the coast. He replaces 
William Perlberg, who followed 
Walter Meyers as Morris' Loa An- 
geles manager a short time ago 
Perlberg is opening his own coast 
agency. 

Joe Cornbleth, also of the Morris 
Los Angeles oflQce, leaves and Is 
now on his way to New Yotk to 
line up acts he will handle through 
Perlberg's office which opens April 1. 

Before leaving Fell dissolved his 
Keith agency partnership of 14 
years' standing with Hugo Morris, 
brother of William Morris. Hugo 
planned continuing the Morris-Fell 
Keith agency business alone, but 
the agency's name Is on the list of 
agents disenfranchised by Keith's. 

Prior to teaming with Feil in their 
agenoy, Hugo Morris was a booker 
of theatres in the William Morris 
ofllce, handling at one time the 
Percy Williams' houses and Ham- 
merstelns. Reports are he may re- 
turn to the Morris office as an 
agent. 



$1,000 FOR 2 SONGS 

Chicago, March 4. 

Maurice Chevalier received ?1,000 
from B, & K. for a single appear- 
ance at McVicker's. 

He sang a couple of song.s. 



Lucas' Vaude Return 

After working in talkers for War- 
ner Bros., Nick Lucas is returning 
to vaude. 

He opens for Keith's March 19 in 
Paterson, N, J. 



8-Act Pop. Bill 

Dave Beehler, RKO district head, 
is lining up an eight-act bill for 
next week at the Albee, Brooklyn. 
Thlf. will be the first time a pop 
neighborhood stand In the "chain has 
u.sed this many paid acts, with a 
feature. 

Beehler is exploiting the extra 
show as a Spring Carnival, on the 
strength of last week's weather 



N. Y. U. Band Date 

s 

Keith's has arranged a spot book- 
ing for the New York University 
band of 40 pieces at the Fordham, 
N. Y., for three days, starting March 
12. 



Alma Rubens Indicposed 

Owing to illness. Alma Rubens' 
date at Proctor's, Mt. Vernon, last 
half this week, ha,s been canceled. 
.Slic is reported with a pevero cold. 



R. K. O. 



EDITH GRIFFITH & CO. 

In "LOVE IN THE RANKS" 
J THIS WEEK— PALACE TH EATRE— CH idAGO 

Fi?rhOUHl Dirvcliun, 



R. K. O. 



THANKS TO MK'.SK'.. HKN TFAZZA niul BILLY DIAMOND 



IIAKUV »li.MKY 



JOE OMINI 

"The Somnolent Melodist" 

CONCLUDING 15 WEEKS IN 
NEW YORK 

at ACADEMY OF MUSIC 
March 1 (Return ELngagement) 

and then — 

MARCH IS— PALACE-ORPHEUM, ST. PAUL 
" 22— ORPHEUM, WINNIPEG 
" 29— GRAND, CALGARY 
APRIL S-^RPHEUM, SPOKANE 
** 12— ORPHEUM. VANCOUVER 



Id^RPHEUM, SEATTLE 
36— R-K-O PAN., TACOMA 

3— ORPHEUM, PORTLAND 
17— GOLDEN GATE, FRISCO 
24— ORPHEUM, OAKLAND 
31— HILL ST., LOS ANGELES 
7_ORPHEUM, SAN DIEGO 
21— ORPHEUM, SALT LAKE 
28— ORPHEUM, DENVER 
5— ORPHEUM, OMAHA 
12— MAIN ST., K. C. 
1»— ST. LOUIS, ST. LOUIS 
" 26— PALACE, CHI 
AUG. 2— lO&TH ST., CLEVELAND 
" 9— PALACE, AKRON 

16— KEITH'S, YOUNGSTOWN 



MAY 



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Direction 
WM. MORRIS 



R-K-O 
WEBER-SIMON 



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VARIETY 



V A U D E> I L L E 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Ad Co. to Teach 
RCA Subsidiaries 
Inter-Exploitation 



Meetings with Lord, Thomas & 
Logan, advertising agency, at which 
representatives from all branches 
of the diversified "Radio family" 
will be present, are to be held every 
month in the future, it has been 
decided. Next meeting is scheduled 
for March 20 at the ad company's 
headquarters. 

Agency is now handling tlie ad 
accounts for RCA, R-K-O, Radio 
Pictures, NBC, RCA Photophone, 
Radio-Victor and all other subsidi- 



R £ A( E K( B £ R_ 



WANTED 

Good ' comedian /o join Al Tra- 
han's act. To open in SpoJcane, 
IVash., immedialely^ 



"■/Seei- ■ 

Meyer (Basil) Cenoit 
Sammy Tishman 
Jess Freeman 
Joe Bigelov, or 
Charlie Morrison 

(Office of the President R.O.C.T.) 



AL TRAHAN- 



Kitchen Panic 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Ul Brondcl paid a visit to 
one of his old hangout eating 
joints in St. Louis and the 
proprietor insisted he go' back 
in kitchen to meet the dish- 
washers and hired help. 

As El made his appearance, 
they all droi>ped dishes with 
the result the cost was tacked 
onto his check. 

It's the first time an actor 
has had to pay for a personal 
appearance. 



aries of Radio. Following two pre- 
liminary meetings, with representa- 
tives present from all companies, it 
was concluded that a monthly get- 
together for exchange of ideas, co- 
ordination of campaigns, exploita- 
tion, etc., would be profitable to all. 

While no important steps have 
been taken at the two meetings al- 
ready held, the groupwork has been 
laid to induce members of the RCA 
family to help each other wherever 
possible, rather than help someone 
on the outside. Argument, for ex- 
ample, is that if RCA Radiotrons, 
in using pictures of film stars in 
advertising displays, uses stars on 
the Radio roster, it is helping one of 
its allies. 



MliVGittmrTTaac 
Lengths in All Houses 



ENOS 

FRAZERE 

"Acme of Finesse" 

THIS WEEK (March 1) 
Keith's, Yonkers 
Managers 

I/EWIS MOSELY & LEE SXEWABT 



AT LIBERTY 

FIni cultured tenor, pleasing in stage pres- 
ence, will Join high-clais act. Paul DIerks, 
28 Prospect St., PalUlde Park, New Jersey. 
Phone Leonia 1382. 



Keith's will keep its vaude trail- 
ers to a minute and a half or two 
minutes in running time. This is 
for an entire bill. Decision to cut 
running time was caused by belief 
that trailer layouts already run 
overlong. 

Cost also figures, with Keith's 
trailer bills more than doubling with 
sound iand dialog screen ads for 
vaude shows. 

Sudden elimination of intact 
shows in the east presents a dif- 
ficulty, but it Is 'understood trailers 
will be made of headline acts ana, 
where possible, of whole shows, 
providing the eastern bookers are 
sufficiently in advance. 

Vaude 'trailers covering Western 
units are now being made as the 
shows are put together. 



Negro Act Asks Injunction 
Against About Everybody 



Buck and Bubbles' troubles, on 
again, reached the New York Su- 
preme Court yesterday (Tuesday) 
where thoy applied for an injunc- 
tion against interference from RKO, 
William Morris, Nat Nazarro, Louis 
H. Saper and Jacob H. Marcus. 

Late last week, upon application 
from Robert Broder and Milton L. 
Maier, attorneys for RKO, Su- 
preme Court Justice Bijur vacated 
the temporary restralnment pre- 
viously granted the colored two- 
act. 

Although booked by Keith's to 
open in Albany, N. Y., last Saturday, 
they were found to be playing 
Fox's Audubon, New York, in- 
stead. Fox's request, RKO per- 
mitted them to play Saturday- 
Sunday at the Audubon, but Mon- 
day the act was pulled out. 

Week of Feb. 22, at the Scollay 
Square, Boston, for which Buck 
and Bubbles were booked by the 
Morris oflflce, was cancelled when 
RKO notified Morris and the theatre 
of an exclusive contract with Oie 
team. 

Buck and Bubbles are alleged to 
be bound to Keith's under contract 
with Nat Nazarro, their former 
manager, agent and sponsor. Na- 
-ZacCP.is charged hy KPiith's tn_hay£- 
sigried the team for three yea,rs ex 
piring in September, 1931. Under the 
agreement with Nazarro, say Buck 
and . Bubbles, the salary is $850, 
out of which they pay J250 to Na- 
zarro. 

When Naiarro went into bank- 
ruptcy a short time ago his con- 
tract with Buck and Bubbles was 
sold at referee's auction to Jacob 
Markus, New York hotel man, for 
$250. Keith's claims its agree- 
ment for the team's services still 
holds good, despite the change In 
intermediary. 

In addition to the injunction the 
colored vaudevillians sought to be 
relieved of any connection with Na- 
zarro's bankruptcy proceedings, in 
the suit Buck and Bubbles' right 
names were gven as Ford Lee 
Washingon and John W. Sublett. 



Rosita Moreno's Film Contract 

Rosita Moreno, of vaudeville, 
given a five year contract by Par 
amount. 



Repartee 



Abe Lastfogol, trying to per- 
suade the Gaudsmiths to ac- 
cept bookings which they had 
declined, wrote them to ex- 
plain that they were getting 
a good break. He finished: 
"Talk it over with the dog. 
He has to do all the work and 
I know he won't kick at the 
salary." 

Act finally signed the con- 
tract and returned it with a 
letter ending: "Talked to the 
dog about the commission and 
he won't pay it." 



FLOYD STOKER BACK 



Snowstorm Buries Former Agent's 
Hardware Business 



After trying operation of a hard- 
ware and plumbing supplies store 
at Sandy Creek;>N. Y., Floyd Stoker, 
oldtimer in vaude and for many 
years a Keith agent, is back to crash 
show business. Stoker has already 
seen some of the RKO execs about 
his planned return. He has been an 
agent and manager. 

A recent snowstorm in the north 
wrecked the hardware emporium, 
cleaning Stoker out In that business. 



FROM THE 1930 CLASS OF 
JAZZOLOGY 



WITH 

KIT KRAMER as 
*THE SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI" 

CHARLIE GOULD, Cheer Leader 
EDDIE BALTZ, Mgr. 

BOOKED SOLID RKO TILL JUNE 

THANX TO MAX TISHMAN (Jas. Plunkett Off.) 

NOW (MARCH 12-14), KENMORE, BROOKLYN . 
WEEK MARCH 15, HIPPODROME, NEW YORK 




TWO CLAIM SAUCER-LIPS 

Claiming priority contract on the 
troupe of saucer-lipped Negresses 
from the Belgian Congo, Terry 
Turner has announced they must 
play vaude and disregard a 
Ringling circus contract. Ringling 
office, through Frnnk A. Cook dur 
ing his recent European trip, had 
signed the troupe for the circus. 

3oth the Turner and Ringling 
contracts were signed by Lombart, 
the troupes manager, Ringling's 
put up $9,000 cash bond and ar 
ranged for their transportation to 
this country. Girls are now in 
Buenos Aires. 

Turner, who sails Friday for 
Paris, has turned his contract over 
to his attorney. He claims he and 
Lombart signed the contract In 
Bandol, France. 



Musical 
Comedy 
Quality 



Acrobatic -:- Comedy 

billy m. greene 



Thanx: AL GROSSMAN 



Rythmic 
Harmony 
of Films 



Contract mixup over the booking 
rights to "Chinese Whoopee Revue," 
playing the Riverside, N. Y., this 
week, with both Keith and the 
Fanchon and Marco oflSce claiming 
first hold on the act. Yesterday 
(Tuesday) both Keith" and F. & M. 
were instructed by Major Donovan, 
of the V. M. P. A., to present their 
claims before him for a settlement. 

F. and M. claims a prior contract, 
signed by Erwin Connelly, said to 
control „the act. Keith contention 
comes through another contract 
signed by one Wing, of the at-t and 
appearing in it, with the William 
Morris office. Morris agreement was 
obtained by Abe Lastfogel, who had 
planned to send the act through the 
Publix houses following its Keith 
bookings. 



AL BOYD AFTER INDIE 
RKO-BOOKED CIRCUIT 



WithQut financial backing but 
with moral support from RKO, AI 
Boyd, Philadelphia showman, is 
touring the states of Pennsylvania 
and New Jersey in an attempt to 
line up a circuit of vaudeville the- 
atres. 

The proposed string of indies 
would be vaude-booked by Keith's 
while remaining independently own- 
ed. Boyd, from reports, proposes 
to operate for the managers. 



Louis Walters'put of Keith's club 
department in New York 



Bedini Doing Act . . 

Jean Bedini, who spent most of 
the season censoring Mutual bur- 
lesque shows, has returned to vaude. 
Doing a series of blackout skits, 
assisted by Jules iJoward. 

Started a Fox tour in Jersey City 
last week. 



TALLEST-SMALLEST TEAM 

Combination freak act composed 
of the two extremes in masculine 
physique — Jim Tarver, world's tall- 
est, and Major Mite, world's small- 
est — has opened for Keith's. Team 
was formed by H. R. Emde, RIvO 
exploitation man and division man- 
ager in Wfestchester! 

Tarver is eight feet, six inches 
tall and weighs 450 pounds. The 
Major's highest point is 26 inches 
from the ground. 



Back At 



The Palace 

New York 

This Week 




Marion 



Clifford and Marion 

The Most 
Imitated Girl 
In Showdom 



Bee Jung goes with Harry Krevii's 
"Femme Follies" revue over the Fnx 
time, joining at the Orpheum, "Tulsi, 
Okla. 



Al Friend, who quit vaude a year 
ago to enter the agency business, is 
forming a new act with Jack Wells. 



JOSE 
MORICHE 

Brunswick Recording Star 

(111 Person) 

After playing a successful engage- 
ment at the Fuluce, New York, last 
week as a feature by Hoslta Morino, 
Jose Moriche, famous Spanish' tenor, 
will make appearances at both the 
Palace, Cleveland,' and Palace, Chi- 
cago. His many record followers 
now have the <rpportunlty of SEKING 
their fa'i'crlte. 



NEW ACTS 



Frank Sinclair, "Kidding. Thru" 
(C). 

Murray Briscoe and Joan Watei s, 
two -act. 

Ott-Morgan* and Co. (IC) includ- 
ing Lowell Sisters, James Bowman 
and Clara Bennett, in "Dr. Hoke." 

After an absence of over a year 
Whiting and Burt are framing an 
act to return to vaudeville. 



J 



RADIO- 
KEITH-ORPHEUM 

ClRoUIJ OF THEATRES 



Vaudeville Exchange 

General Booking Offices 
Palace Theatre Building 
1564 Broadway 



R-K-O FILM 
BOOKING CORP. 

General Booking Offices 
1560 Broadway 
NEW YORK 




CORP OR A T I O N 

1560-1564 Broadway. Nbw York 
Telophone Rxchango'ii Bryant 9300 
Ci»ble Arfdrens: "BA.DIOKFJTn" 



R-K-O 

PRODUCTIONS, INC. 

Froducer* and Dlatribulorn of 

RADIO 
PICTURES 

Launching an Era 
of Electrical 
Entortainment 

1560 BroadWAT 
NBW TORE CUT 



Marcus Loew 

BOOKINGAOENCY 

General &Kecutive Offices 

LOEW BUILDING 

AN N E X 

160 WESX 46^** ST* 

BRYANT 7800 NEW YORK CITY 

J. H. LUBIN 



MARVIN H. SCHENCK 

UOOKING ftlANACilCIt 



CHICAGO OFFICE 

600 WOODS THEATRE B'LD'Ci 

JOHNNY JONES 

IN CHARGE 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



BURLESQUE-VAUDE 



VARIETY 



CHI-CLEVELAND FAUCES 
BOOKED IN EAST AGAIN 



Keith'8 Palaces in Chicago and 
Cleveland, now booked by the west- 
ern division, will be switched to the- 
eastern book March 8. Thereafter 
they will be booked by Georgie God- 
frey In conjunction with the New 
York Palace and the modified "big 
time" of the east. / 

With the Palaces in New York 
and Chicago, Godfrey will be the 
booker of the only remaining 
straight vaudeville theatres in the 
country. Besides the two two-a- 
dayers and Cleveland, Godfrey Is 
personally booking the Albee, Col- 
iseum, Kenmore, Flushing, Madison 
Fordhami 81st, 86th, B8th, Chester 
and Riverside theatres, New York, 
and Providence and Boston. His lone 
assistant, not booking, is Dolph 
Lefner. Arthur Willi and BUI How- 
ard have the remaining eastern time 
between them. 

Godfrey states- tlie only probable 
change In the eastern booking staff 
to be caused by. the acquisition of 
Chicago and Cleveland will be as- 
signment oiE another assistant to his 
toook. 

.Orpheum department's road shows 
play the State-Lake, Chicago, and 
105th Street, Cleveland. Arrange- 
ment gives both booking divisions 
an outlet in the two cities. Cleve- 
land Palace will continue its vaud 
• -film -policy. ..,.„■■. - ■ ■ - 



fmnk Brice Stopped 

In Par Broadcast 



^i'annie Brice, playing the Albee, 
Brooklyn, this week on a 10-week 
Kfeith percentage route, was re- 
strained by R-K-O from participat 
Ing last night (Tuesday) In Para 
mount's weekly radio broadcast 
from the stage of the Paramount, 
Brooklyn. 

Par wanted Miss Brice to plug 
her United Artists picture, "Be 
Yourself," which opens this week 
at; the Rivoli, New York. No salary 
w^s offered Miss Brice for the ra 
dio work. 

R-K-O objected on grounds Miss 
Brlce's vaudeville contract calls for 
exclusive services. Miss Brice 
stated she consented to go on In 
the Par broadcast, known as "NIte 
Owl Frolic," without knowledge 
that the actual broadcasting was to 
be done publicly on the Paramount 
.theatre stage. 

Paramount and Albee theatres are 
two blocks , apart in ■ downtown 
Brooklyn. 



Three-Act Combo 

A three-act com^iinatlon to work 
Intact In Keith houses has been or- 
ganized. Turns are "Sunkist" Eddie 
Nelson's act, the Hollywood Colle- 
gians and "A Night In a Day Nurs- 
ery" with the Beverly Girls. 

Combo opens today (Wednesday) 
at Proctor's 68th Street. 



SAGARMENTO DBOFFINa IDEAS 

Los Angeles, March 4 
Reported the Senator, Sacra- 
mento, now playing F. & M. Ideas 
will shortly go straight sound. 

Senator Is operated by !Fox West 
Coast on a partnership and has 
been using the F. & M. units for 
several years. 



YOUNG ROSENBLATT AS ACT 

i^osef Rosenblatt, son of Cantor 
Rosenblatt, himself a cantor, is en 
tering vaud©^ via Fox. First date 
set for the Folly, Brooklyn. 

Like his father, Josef will be un- 
able to play the first show Satur 
day as he must be at the Temple 
for service. 



AMATEURS PUSH OUT VAUDE 

Regulation Keith vaude is out at 
the Coliseum, N; Y,, for an cntir 
week, evenings only, beginning 
March 15. 

"Coliseum Frolics," containing 5 
young amateurs and staged by 
Gertrude Bigelow, will be sub 
stitutod. 



Esther Ralston'd Route 
A western RItO route to follow 
:,everal months of time in the east 
winding up this week In Patcr.son 
N. J., has been arranged for Esth 
Ralston. It covers 15 weeks, star 
Ing at the Palaoo, Clovpkind, j^atii 
•lay (8). 



er 



Bobby Agnew Agent 

Bobby Agnew, the former plc-tui 
juvenile, lias turned agent. 

He will manage Louis Phurv' 
1^3 Angeles office. 



Matter of Ashes 



RKO is Investigating one of 
its house managers about the 
attention being paid the fur- 
nace. 

Theatre has been using 15 
tons of coal on each loading, 
but when the boys checked over 
the account they found a 
charge against the house for 
removing 25 tons of ashes. 
Novel, If not exactly new. 



TALKING TO A TOWNER 



(Continued from page 38) 

was pretty good at it once my 
self... I still can do a handstand.. 

learn my kids all that stuff. . .Do 
you like this town?... I guess they 
are all alike to you fellows. . .But 
this is a hard tov/n to get by In for 
you fellows. . .they don't like to clap 
much... But they enjoy It... If you 
get by here you can get by any 
place. There's a lot of people 
that go to New York and see all 
the shows and you can't fool 'em 
This Is one of the richest towns in 
the United States.. .You ever hear 
of Bixby, the soap man?. ..Well hfe 
has a home here... The theatre 
you're playing at costs six million 
dollars and they tell me its better 
than the Roxy. . .not a s big but the 
-paintings In the. . lobby airdT^the- 
carpets.. cost more. ' — ' 
About That Dog Act 
Say, I was gonna ask you about 
that dog act on the bill... Does he 
train theni himself or does he buy 
them already trained?. . .We have a 
dog home, a fox terrier, ,he does a 
lot of tricks and we hardly ever 
showed him anything — ^just picks it 
up natural. . .I'll bet this fellow with 
the dogs would like to buy him. 
If he would train him he'd be better 
than the ones he's got... I'd hate 
to lose our dog, but he's as smart 
as a whi;p and I think he ought to 
go on the stage... Do you think he'd 
buy him... I think I'll go around to 
see him... I was gonna go on the 
stage once myself once with an- 
other fellow... We was working in 
the same shop together and the firm 
gave a ball and we did German and 
tramp... I did the German.. ^I 
stuffed a pillow In my pants and 
we had wigs and everything — it was 
a scream. He had a good voice and 
whistled — ^we sure went big — 
everybody wanted us for parties... 
There was a fellow at the ball who's 
brother was an actor. Well, not 
exactly an Jictor. He was an elec- 
trician wj^^th some show that was 
playing In Pennsylvania and he said 
he would write him about us and 
get us In with him. . .But , the old 
lady was alive then and I didn't 
want to leave her... I guess If we 
stuck we'd been away up' now 
cause we certainly had the goods 
Gee, you don't see any more tramp 
and German acts. 

The Kids Jig 

I have a family now. I gotta a 
couple of kids. They jig. Only 
five and six, but they sure can jig. 
Natural, too. Never took a lesson. 
They see the show and come back 
and do everything they saw — some- 
times better than the actors them 
selves. . .Maybe I'll let them go on 
the stage when they get older... I'd 
like to get them In pictures first 
The Mrs. Is going to take them out 
to California next summer, maybe 
they'll get in to that line. 

I have a letter to a big man out 
there from our Congressman. He 
knows all them fellows out ther 
a great guy... Do you play golf? 
We have the best course in the 
country here. . .that's what every 
body says' that played here... 
don't go In for golf much. The 
Mrs; and I like to bowl... I have a 
plumbing place down the street 
here, hci-e's my card, drop in if 
you're around...! guess you actors 
get pretty lonesome not knowing 
anybody in the different towns. But 
I guess you havo lots of fun be- 
tween yourselves. 

You certainly must meet a lot of 
swell looking giri.s. I knew an 
actress oneo, nice woman too. 
don't know what became of her 
Well glad I met you... Tell tftc dog 
man I'm going to see him and bring 
my dog down bfforo ho leaves... 
So long. 



ILL AND INJURED 

Tommy Bell is in N. V. A. ward, 
French hospital. Bell is the acro- 
bat and wire worker who for years 
coached Fred Stone in siicli work. 

Richard Bosch, manager, Loew's 
Inwood, N. Y., after severe Illness, 
able to be up and around the house. 

Herbert Hoey (Max Hart office), 
improved after rheumatic attack. 

Max Hart, on west coast, reported 
having gained weight since recent 
return there. Extraction of teeth 
helped. 

Jane Wise of RKO's radio de- 
partment suffered a broken nose in 
a cab smashup in New York Mon- 
day. . ^ 

Lew Golder's left arm injured in 
an auto accident last week in New 
York. 

Minor Watson painfully hurt In 
an auto accident- near Yonkers, N. 
Y., laigt week. Watson is with "It's 
a Wise Child." 

Milan O. Welch, press agent for 
Rudy Vallee, discharged last week 
from Plaza hospital where he un- 
derwent an operation. 

Paul Kleeman, rehearsing In "The 
Serenade" in Boston, stricken by 
appendicitis. 

Frank Siden, entertainer, 111 of 
tuberculosis in Montefiore Hospital, 
New York. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jean Fox severely 
injured in train wreck at Kenosha, 
Wis., last week. Mrs. Fox known 
professionally as Katherin Ferris. 



Olympic Makes Monep 



Denying a report In Variety that 
the Hollywood Legion Stadium Is 
the only fight club In Los' Angeles 
making money, the Olympic has 
mailed affidavit from a public ac 
countant stating It has shown a 
profit for each of the past four 
years. 

Statement that the club has been 
sold out only three times Is also' 
Incorrect, according to S. E. Mas- 
ters, manager. 



Mutuals Season Closing Early; 
New Ideas and Methods to Come? 



BURLESQUE REVUE 

(MUTUAL) 

AVhen stripping came into promi- 
nence and the boys out front began 
to pay all attention to the undress- 
ing women and none to the come- 
dians, the latter naturally lost their 
ambition. They stopped trying to 
get laughs that weren't to be had. 

The " comi'ci didn't exactly Ihy" 
down on the job; they ran up 
against something they could not 
surmount. They went through the 
motions and and didn't bother to 
think. 

It seemed just as well. A bur- 
lesque show wouldn't bo one with- 
out comedians, even if one cared to 
laugh or could if they cared to at 
most of the stuff. 

Now burlesque is' undergoing an- 
other change. The stripping women 
are losing ground. They can go so 
far — they've gone that far. 

It all leaves burlesque in quite a 
hole. The comedians forgot to pro- 
gress while In their submerged state 
and . the stripping women didn't 
think of learning anything but 
stripping. 

The comedians now have a chance 
to regain their former prominence, 
but they can't take advantage of it 
hppfliigft fhpv hn.y<n \ fc.e] n standin g 



VAN-SCHENCK KEITH ROUTE 

"WHiile playing a wek for Loew's 
at the State, following their return 
from picture work for Metro, Van 
and Sc.henck were given a contract 
by Keith's. Reported salary Is 
$3,500. 

Team oppns at the Kenmorp, 
Brooklyn. Pnturday (8). 



Chas. Fox Sued 

Milwaukee, March 4. 
Charles J. Fox, manager of the 
Gayety theatre, now at liberty on 
bond pending an appeal from his 
conviction In federal court on a 
charge of conspiracy connected 
with the defalcations of Erwin F. 
C. Voelz, former savings bank offi- 
cial, found more trouble facing him 
when named defendant In a $3,000 
damage suit following an auto acci- 
dent. 

According to Phillip H. Raskin, 
the complainant. Fox, driving on 
the wrong side of the street In De 
cember, 1927, struck the complain 
ant's truck causing Injury to Ras- 
kin and damage tcf the truck and 
its load of plumbing equipment. 



Stock Plungers on Wire 

Lob Angeles, March 4. 

Burbank, one of the two Main 
street burlesque houses operated by 
Tom Dalton, will go into sound 
March 15. Dalton Is Installing West- 
ern Electric equipment and says 
he's ^oing on the nut for around 
$40,000 in fixing the house up. 

Theatre has been running silent 
pictures with burlesque shows. 
House will be closed for five days 
starting March 10 for alterations. 
Dalton's other stand Is the Follies. 



.atilL -WhDe the wpmen iOje thro.ugl\ 
and can't do a thing about It 

Today there are not 10 principal 
women amongst all of the acting 
members of the Mutual wheel who 
can get by with a legitimate number 
without accompanying strip stuff. 
In other words, there are not 10 
principal women on the Mutual who 
can really entertain, and that's high, 
that 10. The cooch, as bad as it 
was, seemed more legit than strip- 
ping, and the cooch Is a herring. 

John G. Jermon's "Burlesque Re- 
vue" finds itself In the same boat 
with the rest of traveling burlesque 
^the stripping picnic Is over and 
the comedians are too far behind to 
catch up. 

All of the principal women <four) 
are disrobing specialists. When It 
comes to reading a line they are in- 
efficient or careless. 

Chorus '■ average. Biffe. 



Mutual Wheel's current season of 
burlesque is figured to iolcl 6arly 
next month, about eight weeks pre- 
maturely to the regular wind-up 
of previous years. 

Mutual's swan song at the Colum- 
bia, New York, Is set for March 29. 
Hurtig and Seamen's Apollo, Hai.'- 
lem, will drop Mutuals the same 
date "and go stock-burlesque under 
direction of MInskys. The Mutual, 
Pittsburgh, and Empress, Cincinnati' 
wil also close at the same time with 
a majority of the other wheel houses 
now playing Mutual policy on week 
to week notice, figured to folow, 
practically washing up the wheel for 
the. season. 

, With the passout of Columbia, 
New York, gone for good to the 
wheel since being taken over by 
RKO f5r pictures, and the uptown 
Apollo, Mutual wU be without repre- 
sentation in New York City. It'a 
other and downtown stand, Irving 
Place, having scrapped the wheel 
show^ for stock three weeks ago. 

Prelim to above mentioned pass- 
outs the Gayety, Detroit, will 
change wheel shows for stock March 
16. Several shows will also fold in- 
cludlng "Flapper Follies, " "High 

ppl^ippers,'. 



'IParislaiT 



Fashion Tab for Elks 

Nat Mortan, burlesque casting 
agent. Is producing a fashion ex- 
travaganza to play several weeks 
under auspices of the Elks in Ver- 
mont. It opens in Rutland, Vt. to- 
morrow (March 6), and will play 
split week dates' under Elk auspices 
In other nearby towns. 

The extravaganza given In con- 
junction with the fashion show Is 
made up of burlesque players, carry- 
ing 12 principals and aij.equia.1 num- 
ber of choristers. 



BURLESQUE CHANGES 

Betty June Lee has closed with 
"Dainty Dolls" (Mutual) and hopped 
In as featured soub with stock bur- 
leque at the Playhouse, Passaic, 
N. J. 

Mile. Convey closed with "Girls 
From the Follies" (Mutual) last 
week. 

Mignon Sisters, Kennedy and 
Nelson have been added to the 
roster of principals with the stock 
at the (Jayety, Montreal. 

Billy Lee Joined the "Sliding" 
Billy Watson show (Mutual) this 
week/ going in as added starter. 



Town's 3d Tab Flop 

Long Beach, Cal., March 4. 

Fourth successive musical tab to 
flounder at the local Strand was the 
"Pom Pom Glrl.s," headed by Gene 
Morgan. It expired Saturday night. 

House will again revert to straight 
pictures opening with "ilcv Unborn 
Child" March 8. 



CONTEST BEAUTS SPLIT 

Los Angeles, March 4. 
Fitnclion and Marco spotted 14 of 
tho 30 Graphic beaut contest win- 
ners In "Chances" idea with Doc 
Baker. Open at Pasadena this week. 
. Other 16 girls remain with "Broad- 
way Venuses" Idea, where the whoU; 
group started. 



Wheel Troupe Goes Stock 

Louisville, March 4. 

The Gayety, formerly Mutual 
wheel house, opened Saturday with 
stock burlesque furnished by Matt 
Kolb and his troHPe which closed 
a week prevlouslyTit St. Joseph, 
Missouri. Ed. Galllgan, house man- 
ager, has leased the Gayety and em- 
ployed the stock company. 

Principals are Maybelle Mellon, 
Ingenue; Ann Darling, soubrette; 
Rose Louise, specialties; Clark 
Moss, juvenile, and the following 
comics; Sammy Spears, Jack Little, 
Al Weber and Elvie Herndon. 



Stock for Hoboken 

Stock burlesque goes In at the 
Lyric, Hoboken, N. J., next week 
(March 10) as rellghter for tho 
house after having gone dark sev- 
eral weeks ago with the collapse 
of Will Morrissey's revue "Hoboken 
Hoboes." 

The stock troupe will be the first 
burlesque entertainment the locality 
has had in .lQ years.. 

The RIalto, formerly the Empire, 
a few blocks away had formerly 
been tho town's burlesque stand 
playing the wheel shows, but since 
scrapping has been operating with 
dramatic stock. 



Mutual's Stock Super 

Tom Phillips, survivor of a trio 
of Mutual wheel cen.sor.i, has re 
linqulshcd post with censorship of 
shows now reverting to Emmott 
Callahan, assistant to I. II. Ilerk, 
general manager of Mutual. 

Callahan aside from, main offico 
duties Is In charge of the stoolcs 
for the circuit as w-ll as kf'fi<Ing 
a weather eye upon tliri Whoc] 
.«hnw.« for r'-mn inflfM" of ilif- : '■-•i.^on. 



Flyer^s,". 

"Dainty Dols'' and "French Models.' 
Other dropouts are figured as to 
houses and shows during the In^ 
terim up to April 1. ■ 

I. H. Herk and the Mutual crowd 
have working interests in operation 
of both American Music Hall and 
Irving Place, the latter In associa- 
tion with Charles Burns, but are 
content to continue stock policies 
in both, rather than supplant with- 
wheel shows. It had been figured 
that the Mutual shows would be 
transferred to the American, New 
York, when perforced to' vacate the 
Columbia, but this Is out now. 

On the Ohm 

Mutual has taken it on the chin 
heavier this year than during Its 
seven years of existence. Starting 
last August with 60 houses and 60 
shows, the list has gradually dimin- 
ished to about half that number 
now. There is no telling what will 
still be listed after next week. 

A few stocks have been also 
floundering indifferently now and 
agrain during the season. 

Herk is reported considering a ro- 
tary plan on principals for next 
season as a cut down in present 
operating expenses with some other 
rabid changes. 

800 Layoff* 

It Is estimated that with each 
show carrying an average of eight 
principals and 16 girls, and with 50 
shows produced, there were about 
1,200 stago people employed In 
Mutual shows at the start of this 
season. Since then about 16 troupes 
have closed, • leaving 400 or there- 
abouts jobless. 

According to the number of sum- 
mer burlesque stock companies slat- 
ed to operate this year, there will 
be no room for approximately 80% 
of the Mutual's 1,2S0 souls, mean- 
ing either 1. o. or enforced employ- 
ment outside of burlesque, possibly 
outside the show business, for 1,000 
principals and girls. 

With numerous of the summer 
stocks already running and the 
parts fillud by stock specialists, 
openings for wheel people whose 
season will be over In April this 
year instead of June, may be aw- 
fully scarce. 

Stocks Clipping 

Equally depressing is that stock 
operators, taking the cue from the 
Mutual, are reported proposing re- 
ductions from some of the salaries 
paid last summer. 



New. 'Stock Wheel' Stand 

.stock burlesque will relight, the 
Opera House, Bayonne, N. J., March 
17, after having been dark for sev- 
eral months with Hurtig & Diefen- 
back installing tho company. 

Hurtig & Diefenback are currently 
operating the Playhouse, Passaic, 
N. J., with stock policy, and will 
work a rotary stock arrangement 
on principals after the opening ©f 
the Hayonne house. 



DARK ON HOBO HAVEN 

Chicago, March 4. 

.Slar and Garter closes as a stock 
burlf.-sque house March 14. 

Closing follows flop of three-way 
deal with Ilaymiirket and Academy 
and If-avcs tho Academy the only 
bnr7f»s((ue stand on West M^"* 
~tyiu-t, i)if> hobos' b'>*'- 



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49 



VARIETY 



V A U D E V I L L E 



Wednesday, March 5; 1930 



Ad Co. to Teach 
RCA Subsidiaries 
Inter-Exploitation 



Meetings with Lord, Thomas & 
Logan, advertising agency, at which 
representatives from all branches 
of the diversified -"Radio family" 
will be present, are to be held every 
month in the future, it has been 
decided. Next meeting is scheduled 
for March 20 at the ad company's 
headquarters. 

Agency is now handling the ad 
accounts for RCA, R-K-O, Radio 
Pictures, NBC, RCA Photophone, 
Radio-Victor and all other eubsidi- 



WANTED 

Good ' comedian . lo join Al Tra- 
han's act. To open in Spofiane, 
Wash., immedialely. 



See : . . 7" ' 

Meyer {Basil) Cersoti 
Sammy Tishman 
Jess Freeman 
Joe Bigelov, or 
Charlie Morrison 

(Office of the President R.O.C.T.) 

At TRAHAN 



Kitchen Panic 



Hollywood, ^larch 4, 
1)1 Brendel paid a visit to 
one of his old hangout eating 
joints in St. Louis and the 
proprietor insisted he go back 
in tlie Itltchen to meet the dish- 
washers and hired help. 

As El made his appearance, 
they all dropped dishes with 
the result the cost was tacked 
onto his check. 

It's the first time an actor 
has had to pay for a personal 
appearance. 



aries of Radio. Following two pre- 
liminary meetings, with representa- 
tives present from all companies, it 
was concluded that a monthly get- 
together for exchange of ideas, co- 
ordination of campaigns, exploita- 
tion, etc., would be profitable to all. 

While no important steps have 
been taken at the two meetings al- 
ready held, the groupwork has been 
laid to induce members of the RCA 
family to help each other wherever 
possible, rather than help someone 
on the outside. Argument, for ex- 
ample, Is that if RCA Radiotrons, 
in using pictures of film stars in 
advertising displays, uses stars on 
the Radio roster. It is helping one of 
its allies. 



KeitfeCuttrng^Trailer- 



ENOS 

FRAZERE 

"Acme of Finesse** 

THIS WEEK (March 1) 
Keith's, Yonkera 
ManoKcrs 

JOEWIS MOSELY Si JLEE STEWART 



AT LIBERTY 



FIni cultured tenor, pleasing In stage pres- 
ence, will Join high-clais act. Paul DIerks 
28 Prospect 8t., Pallsid* Park, New Jersey, 
Phone Leonia 1382. 



Lengths in All Houses 



Keith's will keep Its vaude trail- 
ers to a minute and a half or two 
minutes in running time. This is 
for an entire bill. Decision to cut 
running time was caused by belief 
that trailer layouts already run 
overlong. 

Cost also figures, with Keith's 
trailer bills more than doubling with 
sound and dialog screen ads for 
vaiide shows. 

Sudden elimination of intact 
shows in the east presents a dif- 
ficulty, but it is understood trailers 
will be made of headline acts and, 
where possible, of whole shows, 
providing the eastern bookers are 
sufficiently in advance. 

Vaude ti-ailers covering Western 
units are noW being made as the 
shows are put together. 



Rosita Moreno's Film Contract 
Rosita Moreno, of vaudeville, 
given a five year contract by Par- 
amount. 



FROM THE 1930 CLASS OF 
JAZZOLOGY 



WITH 

KIT KRAMER as 
"THE SWEETHEART OF SIGMA CHI" 

CHARLIE GOULD, Cheer Leader 
EDDIE BALTZ, Mgr. 

BOOKED SOLID RKO TILL JUNE 

THANX TO MAX TISHMAN (Jas. Plunkett Off.) 

NOW (MARCH 12-14), KENMORE, BROOKLYN 
WEEK MARCH 15, HIPPODROME, NEW YORK 




Negro Act Asks Injunction 
Against About Everybody 



Buck and Bubbles' troubles, on 
again, reached the New York Su- 
preme Court yesterday (Tuesday) 
where they applied for an injunc- 
tion against interference from RKO. 
William Morris, Nat Nazarro, Louis 
H. Saper and Jacob H. Marcus. 

Late last week, upon application 
from Robert Brbder and Milton L. 
Maier, attorneys for RKO, Su- 
preme Court Justice Bljur vacated 
the tpniporary-.restrainment prcr 
vlously granted the colored two- 
act. 

Although booked by Keith's to 
open In Albany, N. Y., last Saturday, 
they were found to be playing 
Fox's Audubon, New York, In- 
stead. Fox's request, RKO per- 
mitted them to play Saturday- 
Sunday at the Audubon, but Mon- 
day the act was pulled out. 

Week of Feb. 22, at the Scollay 
Square, Boston, for which Buck 
and Bubbles were booked by the 
Morris office, was cancelled when 
RKO notified Morris and the theatre 
of an exclusive contract with the 
team. 

Buck and Bubbles are alleged to 
be bound to Keith's under contract 
with Nat Nazarro, their former 
manager, agent and sponsor. Na- 
zarro is charged by Keith's to have 



signed the team-for three years ex-' 
piring in September, 1931. Under the 
agreement with. Nazarro, say Buck 
and . Bubbles, the salary is ?850, 
out of which they pay $250 to Na- 
zarro. 

When Naiarro went into bank- 
ruptcy a short time ago his con- 
tract with Buck and Bubbles was 
sold at referee's auction to Jacob 
Markus, New York hotel man, for 
$250. Keith's claims its agree- 
ment for the team's services still 
holds good, despite the change In 
intermediary. 

In addition to the injunction the 
colored vaudevillians sought to be 
relieved of any connection with Na- 
zarro's bankruptcy proceedings. In 
the suit Buck and Bubbles' right 
names were gven as Ford Lee 
Washlngon and John W. Sublett. 



Repartee 



Abe LastCogel, trying to per- 
suade the Gaudsmiths to ac- 
cept bookings which they had 
declined, wrote them to ex- 
plain that they were getting 
a good break. He finished: 
"Talk it over with the dog. 
He has to do all the work and 
I know he won't kick at the 
salary." 

Act finally signed the con- 
tract and returned it with a 
letter ending: "Talked to the 
dog about the commission and 
he won't pay It." • 



FLOYD STOKER BACK 



Snowstorm Buries Formar Agent's 
Hardware Business 



After trying operation of a hard- 
ware and plumbing supplies store 
at Sandy Creek,»N. Y., Floyd Stoker, 
oldtimer In vaude and for many 
years a Keith agent, is back to crash 
show business. Stoker has already 
seen some of the RKO execs about 
his planned return. He has been an 
agent and manager. 

A recent snowstorm In the north 
wrecked the hardware emporium, 
cleaning Stoker out in that business. 



XontracLMixup, 



TWO CLAIM SATICEE-nPS 

Claiming priority contract on the 
troupe of saucer-lipped Negresses 
from the Belgian Congo, "Terry 
Turner has announced they must 
play vaude and disregard a 
Ringling circus contract. RIngling 
office, through Frank A. Cook dur- 
ing his recent European trip, had 
signed the ti-oupe for^ the circus. 

Both the Turner and Ringling 
contracts were .signed by Lombart, 
the troupes manager, Ringling's 
put up $9,000 cash bond and ar- 
ranged for their transportation to 
this country. Girls are now in 
Buenos Aires. 

Turner, who sails Friday for 
Paris, has turned his contract over 
to his attorney. He claims he and 
Lombart signed the contract in 
Eandol, France. 



Musical 
Comedy 
Quality 



Acrobatic -:- Comedy 

billy in. greene 



Thanx: AL GROSSMAN 



Rythmic 
Harmony 
of Films 



Bedini Doing Act 

Jean Bedini, who spent most of 
the season censoring Mutual bur- 
lesque, shows, has returned to vaude. 
Doing a series of blackout skits, 
assisted by Jules iJoward. 
• Started a Fox tour in Jersey City 
last week. 



Contract mixup over the booking 
rights to "Chinese Whoopee Revue," 
playing the Riverside, N. Y., this 
week, with . both Keith and the 
Fanchon and Marco office claiming 
first hold on the act. Yesterday 
(Tuesday) both Keith and F. & M. 
were Instructed by Major Donovan, 
of the V. M. P. A., to present their 
claims before him for a settlement. 

F. and M. claims a prior contract, 
signed by Erwin Connelly, said to 
control the act. Keith contention 
comes through another contract 
signed by one Wing, of the act and 
appearing in It, with the .William 
Morris office. Morris agreement was 
obtained by Abe Lastfogel, who had 
planned to send the act through the 
Publix houses following its Keith 
bookings. 



TALLEST-SMALLEST TEAM 

Combination freak act composed 
of the two extremes in masculine 
physique — Jim Tarver, world's tall- 
est, and Major Mite, world's small- 
est — has opened for Keith's. Team 
was formed by H. R. Emde, RKO 
exploitation man and division man- 
ager in Westchester! 

Tarver is eight feet, six inches 
tall and weighs 450 pounds. The 
Major's highest point is 26 inches 
from the ground. . 



Bee Jung gOes with Harry Krevii's 
"Femme Follies" revue over the Fdx 
time, joining at the Orpheum, Tulsi, 
Okla. 



Al Friend, who quit vaude a year 
ago to enter the agency business, is 
forming a new act with Jack Wells. 



AL BOYD AHER INDIE 
RKO-BOOKED CIRCUIT 



Without financial backing but 
with moral support from RKO, Al 
Boyd, Philadelphia showman, is 
touring the states of Pennsylvania 
and New Jersey in an attempt to 
line up a circuit of vaudeville the- 
atres. 

The proposed string of indies 
would be vaude-booked by Keith's 
while remaining independently own- 
ed. Boyd, from reports, proposes 
to operate for the managers. 



Louis Walters"out of Keith's club 
department in New York 



Back At 

The Palace 

New York 

This Week 




Marion 



Clifford and Marion 

The Most 
Imitated Girl 
In Showdom 



JOSE 
MORICHE 

Brunswick Recording Star 

(III Person) 

After playinff a successful engage- 
ment at the Paluce, New York, last 
week as a feature by Rosita Morino, 
Jose Morlche, famous Spanish tenor, 
will make appearances at both the 
Palace, Cleveland," and Palace, Chi- 
cago. His many record followers 
now have the opportunity of SEEING 
their fa'»t>rlte. 




NEW ACTS 



Frank Sinclair, "Kidding. Thru' 
(G). 

Murray Briscoe and Joan Waters, 
two -act. 

Ott-Morgan and Co. (16) includ- 
ing Lowell Sisters, James Bowman 
and Clara Bennett, in "Dr. Hoke." 

After an absence of over a year 
Whiting and Burt are framing an 
act to return to vaudeville. 



RADIO- 
KEITH-ORPHEUM 

CIRv^UIJ OF THEATRES 



Vaudeville Exchange 

General Booking Offices 
Palace Theatre Building 
1564 Broadway 



R-K-O FILM 
BOOKING CORP. 

General Booking Offices 
1560 Broadway 
NEW YORK 




CORPORATION 

1560-1564 Broadway, New York 
Teloplione . RxchanKo'V Brj-ant 9300 
Cable ArtiIro8»! "RA.DIOKFJTn" 



R-K-O 

PRODUCTIONS, INC. 

Prodncera and DIatribulorn of 

RADIO 
PICTURES 

Launchina an Era 
of Electrical 
Entertainment 

1900 Broadwar 
NEW lOKK CITT 



Marcus Loew 

BOOKINOAOENCY 

General Executive Offices 

LOEW BUILDING 
AN N E X 

160 WESX 46^" ST* 

BRYANT 7800 NEW YORK CITY 

J. H. LUBIN 

C.KNKK.M MAiNAOKH 

MARVIN H. SCHENCK 



BOOKING MANAGICIt 



CinCAGO OFFICE 

600 WOODS THEATRE B'LD'(i 

JOHNNY JONES 

IN CHARGE 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930. 



BURLESQUE— VAUDE 



VARIETT 



43 



CHI-CLEVELAND FAUCES 
BOOKED IN EAST AGAIN 



Keith's Palaces in. Chicago and 
Cleveland, now booked by the west- 
ern division, will be switched to the- 
eastern book March 8. Thereafter 
they will be booked by George God- 
frey In conjunction with the New 
York Palace and the modified "big 
time" of the east, f 

With the Palacea In New York 
and Chicago, Godfrey will be the 
booker, of the only remaining 
straight vaudeville theatres In the 
-country.- - Besides the two two-a- 
dayers and Cievelanij, Godfrey Is 
personally booking the Albee, Col- 
iseum, Kenmore, Flushing, Madison 
Fordham, 81st, 86th, 58th, Chester 
and Riverside theatres. New York, 
and Providence and Boston. His lone 
assistant, not booking, is Dolph 
LefHer. Arthur ■Willi and Bill How- 
ard have the remaining eastern time 
between them. 

Godfrey states- the only probable 
change in the eisterii booking staff 
. to be caused by. the acquisition of 
Chicago and Cleveland will be as- 
signment of another assistant to his 
book. 

.Orpheum department's road shows 
play the State-Lake, Chicago, and 
105th Street, Cleveland. Arrange- 
ment gives both booking divisions 
an outlet in the two cities. Cleve- 
land Palace will continue its vaud- 
-fllni-j)oI;ipyi- 



Fannie Brice Stopped 

In Par Broadcast 



.Fannie Brice, playing the Albee, 
Brooklyn, this week on a 10-week 
Kfelth percentage route, was re 
strained by R-K-O from partlclpat 
Ing last night (Tuesday) In Para 
mount's weekly radio broadcast 
from the stage of the Paramount, 
Brooklyn. 

Par wanted Miss Brice to plug 
her United Artists picture, "Be 
Yourself," which opens this week 
at; the Rivoll, New York.. No salary 
w^s offered Miss Brice for the ra- 
dio work. 

R-K-O objected on grounds Miss 
Brice's vaudeville contract calls for 
exclusive services. Miss Brice 
stated she consented to go on In 
the Par broadcast, known as "NIte 
Owl Frolic," without knowledge 
that the actual broadcasting was to 
be done publicly on the Paramount 
.theatre stage. 

Paramount and Albee theatres are 
two blocks apart in downtown 
Brooklyn. 



Three-Act Combo 

A three-act comjjination to work 
Intact in Keith houses has been or 
ganlzed. Turns are "Sunkist" Eddie 
Nelson's act, the Hollywood Colle- 
gians and "A Nlght'ln a Day Nurs 
erjr" with' the Beverly Girls. 

Combo opens today (Wednesday) 
at Proctor's 68th Street. 



SAGAHMENTO DROPPING IDEAS 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

Reported the" Senator, Sacra 
mento, now playing F. & M. Ideas 
will shortly go straight sound. 

Senator Is operated by Fox West 
Coast on a partnership and has 
been using the F. & M. units for 
several years. 



YOUNG EOSENBLATT AS ACT 

Josef Rosenblatt, son of Cantor 
Rosenblatt, himself a cantor, is en 
terl'ng vaude'' via Fox. First date 
set for the Folly, Brooklyn. 

Like his father, Josef will be un- 
able to play the first show Satur- 
day as he must be at tlie Temple 
for service. 



AMATEUES PUSH OUT VAUDE 

Regulation Keith vaude is out at 
the Coliseurn, N. Y., for an entire 
week, evenings only, bPginhing 
March 15. 

"Coliseum Frolics." containing 50 
young amateurs and staged by 
Gertrude Bigelow, will bP S'uh 
.^tituted. 



Esther Ralston's Route 
A western RICO route to 'follow 
liCveral months of ti.me in the east 
winding up this week in Patcrson 
N. J., has been arranged for Esther 
Ralston. It covers 15 weeks, start- 
ing at the Palaoo, Clfvehind, i~iitm- 
day (8). 



Bobby Agnew Agent 

Bobby Agncw, the former picnup 
Juvenile, has turned agent. 

He will manage Loul.s f^hnii 
Ix)s Angeles office. 



Matter of Ashes 



RKO is investigating one of 
its house managers about the 
attention being paid the fur- 
nace. 

Theatre has been using 15 
tons of coal on each loading, 
but when the boys checked over 
the account they fdund a 
charge against the house for 
rL'moving 25 tons of ashes. 
Novel, If not exactly new. 



TALKING TO A TOWNER 



(Continued from pa^e 38) 

was pretty good at It once my- 
self. ..I still can do a handstand... 
I learn my kids all that stuff... Do 
you like this town?... I guess they 
are all alike to you fellows. . .But 
this is a hard town to get by In for 
you f ellows . . . they don't like to clap 
much... But they enjoy It... If you 
get by here you can get by any 
place. There's a lot of people 
that go to New York and see all 
the shows and you can't fool 'em. 
This Is one of the richest towns In 
the United States.. .You ever hear 
of Bixby, the soap man?. ..Well he 
has a home here.. -The theatre 
you're playing at costs six million 
dollars and they tell me Its better 
than the Roxy...not as big but the 
•paant4nge— in — ^t-he—- lobby — and — the. 
carpets cost more. ' " 

About That Dog Act 

Say, I was gonna ask you about 
that dog act on the bill... Does he 
train' them himself or does he buy 
them already trained?. . .We have a 
dog home, a fox terriei*, ,he does a 
lot of tricks and we hardly ever 
showed him anything — just picks It 
up natural. . .I'll bet this fellow with 
the dogs would like to buy him. 
If he would train him he'd be better 
than the ones he's got. . .I'd hate 
to lose our dog, but he's as smart 
as a whip and I think he ought to 
go on the stage... Do you think he'd 
buy him... I think I'll go around to 
see him... I was gonna go on the 
stage once myself once with an- 
other fellow... We was working in 
the same shop together and the firm 
gave a ball and we did German and 
tramp... I did the German...! 
stuffed a pillow ,in my pants and 
we had wigs and everything — it was 
a scream. He had a good voice and 
whistled— 'we sure went big — 
everybody wanted us for parties . . . 
There was a fellow at the ball who's 
brother was an actor. Well, not 
exactly an actor. He was an elec- 
trician with some show that was 
playing in Pennsylvania and he said 
he would write him about us and 
get us In with him... But the old 
lady was alive then and I didn't 
want to leave her... I guess If we 
stuck we'd been away up now, 
cause we certainly had the goods. 
Gee, you don't see any more tramp 
and German acts. 

The Kids Jig 
I have a family now. I gotta a 
couple of kids. They jig. Only 
five and six, but the^ sure can jig. 
Natural, too. Never took a lesson, 
They see the show and come back 
and do everything they saw — some- 
times better than the actors them- 
selves. . .Maybe I'll let them go on 
the stage when they get older... I'd 
like to get them In pictures first. 
The Mrs. is going to take them out 
to California next summer, maybe 
they'll get in to that line. 

I have a letter to a big man out 
there from our Congressman. He 
knows all them follows out there — 
a great gu-y...Do you play golf?... 
We have the best course in the 
country here. . .that's what every 
body says that played here... I 
don't go in for golf much. The 
Mrs. and I like to bowl... I have a 
plumbing place down the street 
here, here's my card, drop in if 
you're around... I guess you actors 
get pretty lonesome not knowing 
anybody, in. the different. towns. But 
I guess you havo lots of fun be 
tween your.sclves. 

You certainly must n)oet a lot of 
swell looking giri.";. I _kncw an 
actress oneo, nice woman too... I 
don't know what became of her, 
Well glad I met yo.u...Tell the dog 
man I'm going to see him and bring 
my dog down bpforf^ he leavp.« 
So long. 



ILL AND INJURED 

Tommy Bell is in N. V. A, ward, 
French hospital. Bell is the acro- 
bat and wire worker who for years 
coached Fred Stone in such work. 

Richard Bosch, manager, Loew's 
Inwood, N. Y., after severe Illness, 
able to be up and around the house. 

Herbert Hoey (Max Hart office). 
Improved after rheumatic attack. 

Max Hart, on west coast, reported 
having gained weight since recent 
return there. Extraction of teeth 
helped. 

Jane Wise of RKO's radio de- 
partment suffered a bi'oken nose in 
a cab smashup in New York Mon- 
day, 

Lew GoIdeFs left arm injured In 
an auto accident last week In New 
York. 

Minor Watson painfully hurt In 
an auto accident near Yonkers, N. 
Y., last week. Watson is with "It's 
a Wise Child." 

Milan O. Welch, press agent for 
Rudy Vallee, discharged last week 
from Plaza hospital where he un- 
derwent an operation. 

Paul Kleeman, rehearsing in "The 
Serenade" In Boston, stricken by 
appendicitis. 

Frank Slden, entertainer, ill of 
tuberculosis in Montefiore Hospital, 
New York. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jean Fox severely 
injured in train wreck at Kenosha, 
Wis., last week. Mrs. Fox known 
professionally as Katherin Ferris. 



Mutual's Season Closing Early; 
New Ideas and Methods to Come? 



VAN-SCHENCK KEITH EOUTE 

Willie playing a woek for LoeWb 
at the State, following their return 
from picture work for Metro, Van 
and Schenck wei*e given a contract 
by Keith '.«!. Reported salary Is 
$3,500. 

Tenm opnns at the Kenmorr- 
Brooklyn. Paturdny (8). 



©rympic Msfes^Moir^F^ 

Denying a report In Variety that 
the Hollywood Legion .Stadium is 
the only fight club in Los Angeles 
making money, the Olympic has 
mailed affidavit from a public ac- 
countant stating it has shown a 
profit for each of the past four 
years. 

Statement that the club has been 
sold out only three times is also 
Incorrect, according to S. E. Mas- 
ters, manager. 



BURLESQUE REVUE 

(MUTUAL) 

When stripping came into promi- 
nence and the boys out front began 
to pay all attention to the undress- 
ing women and none to the come- 
dians, the latter naturally lost their 
ambitlory They stopped trying to 
get latJgns that weren't to be had. 

The comics didn't exactly lay 
down on the job; they ran up 
against something they coUld not 
surmount. They went through the 
motions and and didn't bother to 
think. 

It seemed just as well. A bur- 
lesque show wouldn't bo one with- 
out comedians, even if one cared to 
laugh or could if they cared to at 
most of the stuff. 

Now burlesque is' imdergoing an- 
other change. The stripping women 
are losing ground. They can go so 
far — they've gone that far. 

It all leaves burlesque in quite a 
hole. The comedians forgot to pro 
gress while In their submerged state 
and the stripping women didn't 
think of learning anything but 
stripping. 

The comedians now have a chance 
to regain their former prominence, 
but they can't take advantage of it 
because they have been standing 



Mutual Wheel's current season o£ 
burlesque is figured to ZolO. early 
next month, about eight weeks pre- 
maturely to the regular wind-up 
of previous years. 

Mutual's swan song at the Colum- 
bia, New York, is set for March 29. 
Hurtig and Seamen's Apollo, Hai'- 
lem, win drop Mutuals the same . 
date and go stock burlesque under, 
direction of Minskys. The Mutual, 
Pittsburgh, and Empress, Cincinnati' 
wll also close at the same time with 
a majority of the other wheel houses 
now playing Mutual policy on week 
to week notice, figured to folow, 
practically washing up the wheel for 
the season. 

With the passout oC Columbia, 
New York, gone for good to the 
wheel since being taken over by 
RKO for pictures, and the uptov^n 
.A.pollo, Mutual wil be without repre- 
sentation in New York City. It'a 
other and downtown stand, Irving 
Place, having scrapped the wheel 
shows for stock three weeks ago. 

Prelim to above mentioned pass- 
outs the Gayety, Detroit, will 
change wheel shows for stock March 
16. Several shows will also fold in- 
cluding "Flapper Follies," "High 



Chas. Fox Sued 

Milwaukee, March 4. 
Charles J. Fox, manager of the 
Gayety theatre, now at liberty on 
bond pending an appeal from his 
conviction in federal court on a 
charge of conspiracy connected 
with the defalcations of Erwln F. 
,C. Voelz, former savings bank offi- 
cial, found more trouble facing him 
when named defendant in a $3,000 
damage suit following, an auto acci- 
dent. 

According to Phillip H. Raskin, 
the complainant. Fox, driving on 
the wrong side of the street in De 
cember, 1927, struck the complain- 
ant's truck causing Injury to Ras 
kin and damage to the truck and 
its load of plumbing equipment. 



Stock Plungers on Wire 

Los Ang'eles, March 4. 

Burbank, one of the two Main 
street burlesque houses operated by 
Tom Dalton, will go into sound 
March 16. Dalton. is installing West- 
ern Electric equipment and says 
he's going on the nut for arpund 
$40,000 In fixing the house up. 

Theatre has been running silent 
pictures with burlesque shows. 
House will be closed for five days 
starting March 10 for alterations. 
Dalton's other stand Is the Follies. 



and Can't do a thing about It. 

Today there are not 10 principal 
women amongst all of the acting 
members of the Mutual wheel who 
can get by with a legitimate number 
without accompanying strip stuff. 
In other words, there are not 10 
principal women on the Mutual who 
can really entertain, and that's high, 
that 10. The cooch, as bad as It 
was, seemed more legit than strip 
ping, and the cooch is a herring. 

John Gr Jermon's "Burlesque Re 
vue" finds Itself in the same boat 
with the rest of traveling burlesque 
—the stripping picnic is over and 
the comedians are too far behind to 
catch up. 

All of the principal women ffour) 
are disrobing specialists. When It 
comes to reading a line they are In 
efficient or careless. 

Chorus ■ average. Biffe. 

Fashion Tab for Elks 

Nat Mortan, burlesque casting 
agent, is producing a fashion ex 
travaganza to play several weeks 
under auspices of the Elks In Ver 
mont. It opens In Rutland, Vt. to- 
morrow (March 6), and will play 
split week dates' under Elk auspices 
in other nearby towns. 

The extravaganza given In con 
junction with the fashion show is 
made up of burlesque players, carry- 
ing 12 principals and an equal num 
ber of choristers. 



f{. thruugh- ^ri yei ' s,.". . .' -"P arlsiat r Fi&ppersr- 



BURLESQUE CHANGES 

Betty June Lee has closed with 
"Dainty Dolls" (Mutual) and hopped 
In as featured soub with stock bur- 
leque at the Playhouse, Passaic, 
N. J. 

Mile. Convey closed with "Girls 
From the Follies" (Mutual) last 
week, 

Mignon Sisters, Kennedy and 
Nelson have been added to the 
roster of principals with the stock 
at the Gayety, Montreal. 

Billy Lee joined the "Sliding" 
Billy Watson show (Mutual) this 
week, going In as added starter. 



Town*s 3d Tab Flop 

Long Beach, Cal., March 4. 

Fourth successive musical tab to 
floundor at the local Strand was the 
"Pom Pom Glrl.s," headed by Gene 
Morgan. It exuircd Saturday night. 

House will again revert to straight 
picturf's opening with "Jlpr Unborn 
Chllfl" .March 8. 



CONTEST BEAUTS SPLIT 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

]-'a)i(:)ion and Marco spotted 14 of 
the 30 Graphic beaut contest win- 
ners in "Chances" idea with Doc 
Baker. Open at Pasadena this week. 

Other 16 girls remain with "Broad- 
way Venuses" Idea, where the whole 
group started. 



Wheel Troupe Goes Stock 

Louisville, March 4. 

The Gayety, formerly Mutual 
wheel house, opened Saturday with 
stock burlesque furnished by Matt 
Kolb and his troupe which closed 
a week previously at St, Joseph, 
Missouri. Ed. Galligan, house man- 
ager, has leased the Gayety and em- 
ployed the stock company. 

Principals are Maybelle Mellon, 
Ingenue; Ann Darling, soubrette; 
Rose Louise, specialties; Clark 
Moss, juvenile, and th© following 
comics: Sammy Spears, Jack Little, 
Al Weber and Elvle Herndon.' 



Stock for Hoboken 

stock burlesque goes in at the 
Lyric, Hoboken, N, J„ next week 
(March 10) as rellghter for the 
house after having gone dark sev- 
eral weeks ago with the collapse 
of Will Morrisscy's revue "Hoboken 
Hoboes." 

The stock troupe will be the first 
burlesque entertainment the locality 
has had, in 10 years. 

The Rlalto, formerly the Empire, 
a few blocks away had formerly 
been the town's burlesque stand 
playing the wheel shows, but since 
.scrapping has been operating with 
dramatic stock. 



Mutual's Stock Super 

Tom Phillips, survivor of a trio 
of Mutual wheel cen.sor,9, has re- 
linquished post with censorship of 
shows now reverting to Emmctt 
Callahan, a.ssistant to .1. H, Ilerk, 
general manager of Mutual. 

Callahan aside from main offico 
.duties Is In charge of the Htocks 
for the circuit as w<?ll as kfoplng 
a weather eye upon the Whffl 
.show« for rf-m.') irsdf'r of tlu- (•a.coii. 



Dainty Dols" and "French Models.'* 
Other dropouts are figured as to 
house's and shows during the In- 
terim up to April 1. • 

I. H. Herk and the Mutual crowd 
have working interests in operation 
of botli American Music Hall and 
Irving Place, the latter in associa- 
tion with Charles Burns, but are 
content ' to continue stock policies 
in both, rather than supplant with--* 
wheel shows. It had been figured 
that the Mutual shows would be 
transferred to the American, New 
York, when perforced to vacate the 
Columbia, but this is out now. 

On the Chin 

Mutual has taken It on the chia 
heavier this year than during its 
seven years of existence. Starting 
last August with 60 houses and 60 
shows, the list has gradually dimin- 
ished to about half that number 
now. There is no telling what will 
still be listed after next week. 

A few stocks have been also 
floundering indifferently now and 
again during the season. 

Herk Is reported considering a ro- 
tary plan on principals for next 
season as a cut down In present 
operating expenses with some other 
rabid changes. 

800 Layoffs 

It is estimated that with each 
show carrying an average of eight 
principals and 16 girls, and with 50 
shows produced, there were about 
1,200 stage ' people employed in 
Mutual shows at the start of this 
season. Since then about 15 troupes 
have closed, leaving 400 or there- 
abouts jobless. 

According to the number of sum- 
mer burlesque stock companies slat- 
ed to operate this year, there will 
be no room for approximately 80% 
of the Mutual's 1,260 souls, mean- 
ing either 1. o. or enforced employ- 
ment outside of burlesque, possibly 
outside the show business, for 1,000 
principals and girls. ^ 

With numerous oC the summer 
stocks already running and the 
parts filled by stock specialists, 
openings for wheel people whose 
season will be over In April this 
year Instead of June, may be aw- 
fully scarce. 

Stocks Clipping 

Equally depressing Is that stock, 
operators, taking the cue from the 
Mutual, are reported proposing re- 
ductions from some of the salaries 
paid last B.ummer. 



New. 'Stock Wheel* Stand 

Stock burlesque will relight the 
Opera House, Bayonne, N, J„ March • 
17, after having been dark for sev- 
eral months with Hurtig & Dicfen- 
back In.stalling the company. 

Hurtig & Diefenback are currently 
operating the Playhou.sc, Passaic, 
N. J., with stock policy, and- will 
work a rotary stock arrangement 
on principals after the opening of 
the Bayonne house. 



DARK ON HOBO HAVEN 

Chicago, March 4. 

Star and Garter closes as a stock 
burltsquo house March 14. 

Closing follows flop of three-way 
deal with Haymarket and Academy 
and leaves the Academy the only 
burlesque stand on West Madlaon 
f--tn^et, the hoho.s* havph. 



44 



VARIETY 



FOREIGN 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



Riviera Rambles 

By Abel Green 



On lhe HU ieia, l-'eb. 22. 

lOLhol Levoy (Mrs. Cluude Grahum- 
Whlte) the life of the party on her 
own yacht, and also Major Eddie 
Jolinson's. Latter threw a cocktail 
party which the ex-Mrs. George M. 
Cohan saved with her hot stopping 
to Billy Arnold's Jazzapation. 

This was In Cannes, where owing 
to ti slight cold Miss Levey chocked 
into the Majestic instead of staying 
on h<?r yacht,- the litliolyn, as usual. 
Her husband i.^ hack in London on 
business. Graham - White owns 
about half of the Croydrn Jiirport in 
J^nglanrt. 

Miss I^ovey's hotfh-cha-chas can't 
be rrstnUnod, and among tho as- 
sortment of Gt'rnian princesses (in- 
<!luding the oharnuiig Trinci^ss llo- 
henloc), Jiritish. ladies aha snooty- 
Amoricahs shois a liJ'i-savor fur real 
vorviJ and- persona liLj-. The 'others 
give oaoli other tiw nuicli of that 
al)out '•don't you like the lines of 
this thing I've got . on: just svivt 
over by Molyh.cau.x," ad nausouni.' 



■ Frank Ward O'^lalli-y, writer and 
rabid anti-prohihiiionist, getting iij) 
in the' swanky Ainl>assadeurs in the 
Casino Muninapal aild" moved to ad- 
dress tho a I tendance on prohibition, 
iitaiing tliat, nobody around hihi aji- 
poars stewed or out of order or an- 
^noyiHg, y-ol^ llit-r e. JS-eli!t»ip>tt;n.o (tmV 
alcohciic bovcnige all aroinid hihi, 



and why can't tho same thing obtain 
in America'.' 

Until, it dpes, says O'Malley, he's 
r^ii avowed contiijcntal. Hag been 
.pulling tliitt-- stuff regularly in jiis 
syndicated- .writings alibut the. Ktiv- 
iera resorts. .No^y doing a bOOK on 
tlic Riviera. 



.salisl'aclory con- 
chiefly a stage 



tion surpiisingly 
sidering they're 
band. 

With them, wero Carl Hyson and 
l*eg,gy Harris (since closed;; also 
Sielle and Mills, with their Congo 
dance, a grotesque affair; and not 
commensurate in quality with all 
I ho fanfare allotted tlieni. 

On Sunday nights for the galas, 
"Uofdt movets across the road into 
the Hotel do Paris with its added 
eaijaeity. 

The Casino, thf 
Hotel do i'aris iiro 
grouped with the 
middle. Hanked on 
tho hotel anil cafe 



into the gambling rooms. 



Cafe and the 
psychologically 
Casino in the 
either sido by 
for easy access 



Monte Carlo's Casi-no is the AN'oe- 
h.-iwkeii of tho gambliiig rooms. 
CIvisoling- around with 10-franc 
,chil)s at I'oulctte, slow and no bre;ik 
for the housi^ — much.. Trente- 
(liKirunte (;tO--J-0) also pl.-tyed, faster 
;ind getting a little dough. The 
inni-r liac(aral sanctum' nothing to 
got excited about. 

S])(irtior Sporting Club at Monto 
not huich btater. What there i.s is 
at Cannes, and that's not 'much. 
Mohte's chief draw is .roulotto, 
illegal in ]'''rance. biu tho life-savpr 
for- the Principality of Mo)iaeo. 
.'lUtysti., who- 



h I'll id ,(.! r _ M(i lite Jl" a i'U>- 
in their youth come jlis't'to'.see'and 
buy chips for souvenirs,. never cash- 
ing them. That roHs into (^uiie an 
item for the house. 



. Cut-ralos for everything here- 
abouts. Once you couldn't get by 

- under $G(1Q decently for a wreck at. 
the resorts; can do it for almost 
half now.. Not as much gyppery, 

*lf>nd they're glad to make concessions, 
especially if you hold out against 
those ?12-a-day rooms, which Isn't 
tho least of considering the 21% 
extras for service (10%), state tax 
(4',?;) and local muncipality's cut. . 

5?ame goes . for pvorything else. 
Wine down to normal and around 
$8 a quart in the nite clubs, which 
is loss than the 10 bucks, and what 
you're nicked for in Paris. 



Everybody going in for galas. 
Anything as an excuse for extra biz. 
Hank, the Mule, was a clicker at 
the swanky Hote 1 Carlton's gala. 
Hanks' driving his special Talbot job 
to Laussane iov a week at the Ex- 
celsior. 

Has been four years in Europe, 
although previously a standard 
American act. Has his daughter 
with him and educating her In 
Paris, taking her on some of tlie 
tours. Has since remarried, his 
wife being his new partner. The 
ox-Mrs. Hank is- doing the same 
type of act in America. Hank has 
custody of the child. 



Xot the only thing banked wrinig 
cJn' the Riviera is around tho maiy.i* 
laljios. Thoso roads between Cannes 
and Nice and Nice to Monte Carlo 
are a living, disgrace to the road 
builder. . He must have befen lop- 
sided, or .something,' ias ^they're 
)ankod all right, but in the wrong 
direction. 

Making' a turn, instead of, dipping 
n, the roads are inclined outwards. 
It's no accident, ))ut indicUes that 
tho sapp • who built the roads had 
vague idea about tilting, them, 
but just couldn't guess in whicli 
direction. 

.Been going on for years without 
repairs. Each resort cries vhe 
bankrupt blues and \von't give u\i 
for road improvements. Roads are 
nox\e too safe as it is, being a 
n-ioiintainous and a seacoast toi-tu- 
ous path. Every body'.s s'luawking. 



Long Tack Sam a bllg click at 
Cannes. Biggest so far at this fe 
sort. Novelle Bros, rate second this 
season. Previous highs were Dolly 
Sisters, who don't rate as strictly 
professional. Doing It more for the 
social hooey, paying for their own 
decorations and bringing forth a 
mess of sartorial and bijouterie 
scenery that isn't commensurate 
with any .act's Incojne. 

Fowler and Tamara were the wow 
of the Riviera with their dancing 
for a timo when here two seasons 
ago. Just married after many years 
of dance partnership- and featured 
ill the new .Cochran revue In Eng 
land. Breaklng-ln in Manchester 
and. coming, to. London late : In 
March. 

Long Tack Sam. Is featuring his 
two daughters more and more, 'ihelr 
mother, not an Oriental, but of Ger 
man extraction, travels along, but 
isn't In the -act. A corking- variety 
revue- 



Hotel Negrcsco, Nice, has "iSlitty 
and Tillio, dancers. Roserry, Ca 
pello and Sylvlb, adagioists, '■ at 
Maxim's, Nlce^ Henry Arnold's bind 
at the Perroquet, "t^lce. Coloi-ed ^nd 
tango band at the Negresco for tea. 
Grcgor's jazzlsts at the Palais de la 
Moditerranee.. Ev.erything generally 
off. . • 



Noble SIsle, ex-Sl.ssle and Blake, 
conducting his colored jazzlsts, 
'have been switched from the Cafe 
de Paris, Monte Carlo, Into Giro's, 
same resort. Wilton Crawley, trick 
jazz clarinetist. Is a co-attrnctlon 
and doing better than at CanneS; 
whore his grotesque makeup didn't 
conform with the aesthetic demands 
of the hl-hat Cannois. 

Replneln.c Sisslo' at tho Cafe de 
Pai-is is TTor.'teo IToidt's California 
Cnlle.alans, who are doing a .great 
*(•;> biz. Their versatility and dance 
u.Msle combined score hetivily 
r.obi). the imlii'o d".g. is a lilt on his 
"wn. nit ho would be in Franco 
whero t-xl-jf:; a n-illnnal passion for 
'■iiniuoR, 

Ah-(\(>st every other eah driver Ii 
I'aris has his animal with him up 
IvoiU for e.mnpauy. Th(>\'r(> i:iuts 
about dm-',.-i, and T.'->bn'<: elevcpiiess 
nuik.- ii v'-jfect. JU-i.li's dau.-jaoa- 



No matter how dirty you go into 
the casinos, you come out clean. 

Reverse holds for the hotels. No 
matter how much you pay, they 
still -won't give you soap. An old 
European custom. -Bring your own. 
Hard to believe, but you get used 
to that soon. 



with the usual tango alternates; 
also other specialty acts. 

At the Boeuf is John Macklin, 
otherwise "Baby Face," colored 
balladeer, who came over with 
"Blackbirds.*; "Baby Face" Is now 
getting temperamental and hi-hat, 
but gives out sympathetic ballads 
Just the same. Now has l-'lora 
Thomas, special colored uccom- 
paniste, doubling as hostess. 

Real snooty nite spot in Cannes 
is the Chez -Brunimel In th^' base- 
ment of the Casino Municipal. - 

Here's a casino with a scientific 
system. They do everything but 
press your clothes. Anything to 
keep you on tho premises. Once in, 
with -the baccarat room nearby and 
your membership card on you, it's 
a cineh. Human nature does the 
rest. 

Special "prix fixe" bargain lunch- 
eons: ditto fojr teas . (20 francs, 
tilted to 30 and 40 on special after- 
noons); much more expensive din- 
ners in the AmbassadeurS, and then 
once ■ a.gain i,n the Brummel nito 
club after midnight. Entertainment 
md divortiss(imc'nt at all hour.'<. In 
between there's an opera. .company, 
ICdward Stirling's English I'layers 
on iKlier bookings; stralftht. cafe re- 
citals, eoncorls and the like; .all at 
bargain, rates, - 

-IJilly. Arudid is (literally') the 
whito-haired -jiizii. beau of the 
Casino Municipal., lias • bofiv here 
10- years, altornating wiili tho 
equally swanUy. Deauville in ih(- 
summer, and knows all th<'-l)i-ii.its 
by their drunken names. Ariiulil is 
Ameri(>an. and here since- the w.ir. 

Dough is' tight this seasDii. In 



Moscow Plays 



Moscow, February IS. 

\'alentine Kataev, known In 
Amerioa as the author of the novel 
"The Embezzler,'' has just written 
•'Vanguard/' a four act Russian 
"people's tiagedy," dealing with the 
passing of the 120,000,000 Ruisslan 
peasantry from a private to a so- 
cialistic basis of life. Staged at 
the Vakhtangoff theatre by Alexel 
Popoff ; set by Nicholas Aklmov, 

Same author's "Square Circle" 
has reached 300 performances at 
the Moscow Art Theatre, a record 
for this country. 

"Tempo," a play by N. Pogodin, 
described as "an Industrial revue," 
will also bo done at the Vakhtan- 
goff. 



suinnieiv -tuoug-u... JLialjJlL .,lj i'li.vei 
.'-'irau.ssini-r.ger gives out ^l.aoii tips 
to the boys regularly. ■ The late 
.lule.ti rifa.-^tbaum . .was another of 
their. benefactors. Rlu-.g-esl tip they 
got was in Paris. $2.0(iii one niulii 
this p.ast fall.- . . 



$14-$30 a Day 

Paris,. Feb. .22,i 
Nice, tho in-between resort, half, 
way between Cannes and IMonte 
Carlo, while tlie biggest city of the 
three, is low ebb on dough for acts. 

Offering. $14 to $:i0 a day, with 
few taki'rs. 

DUBBING IN EAST 

- Hollywood, ■^'Tar.eh 4. 
}>a)-.-inion'n'l ^\ ill dub -Oerman 
di.-ilog into '■i)v. Iv'u M.-inehii" and 
.'■The J>i)etor's -Sei-ret,"' in the oast,' 
Du bbing will ))e done at the Long 
; is^ia-na -stUd-ln .'t ltUouull ilietures weii— 
iori.ginally 'made on the coast. 
[ I'aranionnt reeenlly indicated it 
jWis tilV dubbing but found no oilier 
mi.ins fi)r these jiji-tures. . - 



British Film Field 



(Continued from page 7) 

cess last year"; the critic aiitlcipaies 
what may be a boxofllce success 
next year. Judging by the success 
on release of most of the boxoffiee 
hits, the booking manager generally 
knows his business. 



American Distribs and K, R. S. 

Klnematograph Renters' Society, 
the lengthy title of the distribs' as- 
sociation here, postponed election of 
its vice-president a couple of weeks 
ago when electing John. Cecil Gra- 
ham president. It has now chosen 
Sir Gordon Craig, last yeai''s vlc'o- 
presldent but recently resigned, fol- 
lowing internal- dissension with 
Charles M. Woolf of the Gaumont 
combine. 

Woolf and the two other distrib- 
uting- . companies identified. ■ wiili 
Gaumont-Britlsh I'eslgned on . th<-> 
ground of objection to Sir Gordon 
Craig being presumedly concorn<a 
with an exhibitors' fra-ncltiso propn- 
sitlon In connection with Multilin- 
gual. 

- At the beginning of tlii.s ye.ii> 
Anii>rican distribs operating hem 
had agree among theiriselves to quit 
the K. R. S.. aiuV early last month 
met to settle this, but figured i;: 
would cost -so much more to ciiieryu- 
their own society they deciiled- 1<> 
.''tay put. . I 



Soviet Film Push 
■'rantle. not ' to say freiietif, ef- 



Variety's re.giilar Uiviera iiews- 
bound, Frank Scully, un(l(.--rweni a 
crueifjl oiioratioit for the anipiitaiii'i'. 
of his right leg. Frank i.-^ ih<' talk 
of the Cliniiiue P.els-edt-re. wbi-i-e- he 
may be aildresscd, ilie nui---<i'.- rav- 
ii-ig how he did an in.e. with tli.' 
suri;eons, who first (hopped in-low 
the kn(>t>. :iud then l''i-anl< toM 'i-iu 
whi>re lo (-iit off farther ali<)\-<! the 
knee, as he knew whc>i-e the piilii — ,-i 
somewhat mystoriou,--. m;ilauy i-iiia-^ 
nalod from. Scully was under lu) aii- 
estbetii' for the aini.ul.'itii.-!. > -.-.-jii.i- 
111 tho fear that his hi-.-iri i-i.iu'-ln'i 
stand it and dithi't utter an niiiery 
tlirou.gb il .'ill. Mt-dieos ami nur.-^es 
arc stili huz/.ing about lii-i- li.-rnism 
of -th(Mr patient, who .na-'ged 
thniiigh it ai! and direel(-d tlii pro- 
ceodin.g.-^. 

War injuries, botlieri:i!; . hiiu for 
years. Will be anew man \>-i;h lln 
bothersome "gam" off. 

]''rank can be reached eiil>er eare 
Cliniqu<» I'.elvedero or ihe Anieriean 
F.xpresK Coj. 2 - nifi Oonj-T-.-s. buth 
in Nice. 



Panama 



Poiiania. I''eit. 2i"j. 

Ihippy 1 ii-ar..^hon,- mana.ger of the 
.\li'trop-)lc eabar(-t. hail plenty of 
ti'oubU- with the la.---i. unit brought 
down iroin New Vnrk. Troupe re- 
fused til ^"llear^:e, and one siiint of 
Ui" I'h'iriue.-; was to get tlieir boy 
irii-mls to r.-iy.y, tin- other entertain- 
ers. Ou'.lh |i-<t on Hh- lust boat. 

N'*w shi'w has a chorus of .-ix and 
the follciwinu prini ii>a 1h: l-:dna May, 
.\lai-.\- Cray. Ruth .N'jigi-I, Li.rraine 
(;io\-er IJet'y lliand, .Mi-.iii- liiVin.gs. 
Donn.-i l'-;rl;ng and Sjiiiiiiiy Clai-k- 
Lydelie, l-.-iMet daiii-er, juiiis. nc.Kl 
week. 

Three ehoiii..! giris from llu .\fei- 
ropole wero badly injured in iiuto 
aeeidfiil. l-'loiidin I'eHiny. -Marjoii" 
Carroll and I latvi". A'l'hi'.'' were tin- 
injui ed girl.-;. 

They i'.re suing 
for their lio.^pital 
rinu- frmn work. 



Wilbur l)o<-ker.\ 
.-ii.ii 'i)>~s m' 



Riviera is the nearest approach 
to California. Reminds strongly of 
tho coast. Nice is Los Angeles; 
the metropolis with its shops. 
Cannes and Monte are Beverly Hills 
and Hollywood. Much roomier and 
warmer and nicer on the whole. 
Also has its smart shops, branches 
of the big Paris, London and New 
York establishments, same as the 
I'alm Beach afllliations for the 
winter season. 

The Riviera has lots to offer and 
explains the regular repeaters. The 
sea, the mountains, the sunshine 
(sometimes), climate, etc., all read- 
ily, accessible. 

Many interesting side trips. St. 
Raphael, on the road to Marseille 
(spoiled here sang the final "s"); 
CJeorge du Loup; the twin islands; 
Grasse, the perfume manufacturing 
city; Antibcs, Juan-le-Pins, Cagnes 
and other in-between towns and 
hamlets. 

• Go up a'llttle on some of those 
moxintains and people -who look 100 
yetirs old and -villages which remind 
of ancient times stare at you. Prob- 
ably never were dowii those few 
miles nearer civilization, much loss 
anywhere ntar a big city like Mar- 
seille or Paris. 



Adolphe Menjou and his wife, 
Kathryn Carver, breezing iiito An- 
tlbes, doing a hideaway and rest 
following completion of his French- 
English talker for Pathe-Natan. 

(3hauncey Olcotts, Marc Klaws. 
with; Alonzo Klaw, .at their usiial 
villas. 



Boeuf-sur-le-Toit (Cow on the 
Roof), cabaret in Cannes, aill Hated 
with the one in ?aris, doing so-so 
trade, but deserving more. This is 
tho' room which is of the same 
string ns L'Enfant Terrible and Le 
Grand Ecar in Paris, where "con- 
sommations" (drinks) are 20 francs 
straight with no gyp couvorts or 
extras and getting masfl play be- 
cause thoy V:now they can come in 
for a drink and a d.inco at roason- 
ablo rates and not bo burdened with 
"(-hanipagno obligatoire." 

■ Klt-Cat. Cannes, afliliated with 
tho Sporting Club, has a bigger 
.><liow, but scale also reasonable 

(wino at ISO francs for 1021 Dry 
■^Touopfl^e. its best year), with the 
I'^rench Can-Can gals' froih the Ral 
T.ab.'irin. Paris, as tho high spot 
Rhythm Roys, American colored 
jax.zists, oke on tlie dansapation 



Carl. Myson iind . Pe.ugy H;irri.-= 
came to Cannes with a biu OmvIi 
dance act. Ultimately out down to 
a str.iight ballroom rotitim-. 



Gambling psychology figured out 
to a degree^. Andre's predecessor ;it 
the Casino Municipal is said to have 
had the temperature of the rooni 
donod. so that with the plays cut- 
ting big and the stakes ditto, the 
temperature- rose. Heated interloi 
was counted on to befuddle the 
.avorttge mind and n-iakc: triek- 
tbinkin.i,' lo«s alert. - • 



FEAR ARABS 



(Continued from page (!) 

unofTicially bruited in some i(uarters.' 
it would be just -like the Arabs to 
run to the authorities and further 
protest their complete innocence of 
the events of last stimmer by point- 
ing out that the Jcw3 are making 
merry while they thehiselves are 
still mourning, rifter their kin. 

The second reason— though no 
local paper dare print it — is solely 
a matter of - safety.. With some- 
thing like 100,000 people invading 
the city for the usual three day 
carnival, a great many of whom are 
Arabs, it is generally felt, that this 
will be giving them too great a 
chance to start something if they 
are so Inclined. And tlieir Inclina- 
tions at the present are not al- 
together Charitable. It also would 
leave many of the colonies unpro- 
tected, and the people are running 
no unnecessary risks. 

The Carnival, usually. Is one of 
the events of the Near East and 
attracts visitors from all surround- 
ing countries. Many Americans, 
Canadians and Englishmen make 
the trip specially for the Festival. 

Purim this year falls on March 
13. 



.•\ new company iias lu-eii formed- 
to build ;i stadi-;iii to house .jai'alai 
games. bdxi-ng, pli-turr's, b)d.i:e 
rooms, c-t<-. 

Tl'-'i.-liir Diiwne, wiio iinw iij)ci';i (es 
Rice's cafe, is men Honed as maii- 
■•igiiig diret-tor. 

Colon 

■ ISil.nray is running Ills cabaret on 
the vaudeville plan, \vitli pro.irranis 
changed weekly. Dot Myers, blues 
singer:' Pat Rrooks, dancer, and Hil- 
lie Ilcrnard, singer, are new arrivals 
from Hollywood. 

Charged with Ir ving\)adly ]>f- .tt-.i 
Maria Corrales, cabaret ento-f.ajVier, j 
Ninfa Faly, Colombian cabaret jier- 
former, was sent to jail for 30 daysj 
Mis? C(>rrnles was badly cut in the 
abdomen. 



"G" SISTEES THREE 

Hollywood, March 4. 
"G" sisters, brought over from 
Europe by Universal for the White- 
man revue, go to Warners for three 
pictures. 

They, will be lii "Mademoiselle 
Modiste," "Top Speed" and "See 
Naides and Die." 



Atlantic cabaret has the following 
new ontortalners: Eva Acosta. Rerta 
Diaz, Matilda Fernandez, Margol 
Suhas. Lou Ysa,-and three American 
girls. Myrtle Rose, Violet Hut)bard 
and Joan Tibbett. ■ - 

- Patricia Patterson, cabaret, mar- 
ried Joseph For-j'man, U. S. N. 



Miguel Flotta, Spanish opera sing- 
er, .arrives in. Panama from Mexico 
in March to make bis debut with 
the Bracale Opera Co. 



Sam Harris passed through here 
on his way to Havana for a vaca- 
tion. With him on the "Pennsyl- 
vania" was Russell Markert ond 12 
of his Roxyettcs. 



Gall de Mamay, Rvisslan dancer, 
and Thaddeus Loboyko, after their 
engagement at the National theatre, 
Panama City, played all the Canal 
Zone club houses. They are at 
present in Colon at the Atlantic 
cabaret. 



fort's -Tire- beingimade- t-o i«et ■Itttur'iif rr 
liim.-' on the market hen-. :\i^l!-.^ 
ilian one \Vest 'fOnd theatre ha.s lir-i u 
appmaehed with oxeliisivi- offers, but 
no tak(-rs us yet. 

l-'ilin Soi'iety is Ijeiug usi-d. as i. 
trigger to lire off this ltussi;in' sfiii'.. 
and is showing *'Storm .Over Asin " 
l-'eli. l';f privately at the Tivoll. l,i;:i' 
most of the Soviet films, this li.is 
bet-n turned ,dowii b.\' the (.■<-n:-ii-- 
P.oard iK-re. which does not i)revenc 
it beln.u- shown privately by il.i- so- 
ciety to its own members, quit'- :i 
l;u-.i;e proporlion of whtmi would !>« 
;ii .'lionn- ill Grei-nwich ^■illag(•. 

.\n()lhi>r .uroup. enlling itself .i lio 
M,-i:-s(-s Si-i.i-.e iiiid l''ihn C.ui-ld. lu-.-.-i- 
i-(l ly l-'ehui-r l!rockw,-i\ , ' Soeialist 
I\ieiii!,er of Parliament, is a,.>.ii 
sliDwini; till; r'uilovkin liln-, 
".Mntlier." with a short made I'ri m 
one ol M. (;. \^■ells■ minor sior;.-.-, 
.March 2 at the Keg.il. .Suited o .- 
ji'ci ol tl.iis guild is lo ".<ho\v pl.i.'. s 
i.nil li.'uis iif modern sigiiiiien m i-.'" , 

nims and tho Budget 
'I'lie i-iiuior is again ciirrer.i -nii- 
pa;-eM'l.\- r-.-lfiycd I'ro.-n .\(-w '^'orl, - 
as lo ili'i Clinncellor's i i-ni;:ii; 
liiiil'.icl e.\i-li;in,uinu u value i;i'\ =11 
imported tilm for the pres<-ni I'-io - 
age ta.v. Durl-n,:; List year. a<"cb. • - 
\\vj. lo liu„ri-s 'gi\-( I. In the Hruisf- ui" 
(''oinnioiis. i'eV(>mu- from inipoi'i ' •- 
ties on filiii has incri'ased t- 
>>r.'i.H.-, a-.<ainst $.b-):!..S7,-, jn 

I'rom import duly on dis'-~ - 
": iii- rose from SiT.TK) iii Hi- ••> 
over don 111. e at ST2,70."i. last 
The inereiise is lar.gely aecoimtabii'- 
lo imp'" !--^ of disk;- for talker^. 

Censor Shaw 

Rerlin. i-'eb. 22. 

Ui-rnaid Sha-.r will at last l-a'-e 
.be sensatior, of being eeiisur' i'. 
not bcc;-.iis(; lu; is loo radical .'-nr. 
beeau.~-e he is too reaetionai 

iiis latest play, "The -Ajiplo-t a: • " 
»vas to have been produced a'. •■ 
municipal theatre, I'resden. Inn li.e 
Saxon minister of educ.-ition ■- - 
quested that the play iiol be -'le - 
formed .as a -;-epiifilieaJi. ilK.-aiie 
no business iirodiieing a s;^til•»^ mi 
democrae.v. 

COSTLY PLACARDS 

.Madrid, l-'eb: 2(i. 

Local theatre managers ba\-<; 
agreed not to ilx placards in pubMe. 
streets, only In tiiG doorway of tl e.r 
theatres. Decision follows the eon- 
slderable increa.se in municij^al raies 
for these advertisements. -.They 
have to pay. the government nearly 
three pesetas (about BO cents)' for 
eAch placard. 

In Madrid about 350 are fixed 
dally, and the management has to 
pay 31,500 pesetas monthly, a con- 
siderable sum. Societies of authors, 
musicians and for the repression of 
mendicants, protection of infants, 
tours, etc., all liave to pay a muni- 
cipal rate. 



Mary Lee Kelly Is returning here 
from New Orleans this week. She 
is bringing down a band. 

Thornton Sisters return with her 
to work at the RItz. They have 
worked for Miss Kelly off and on for 
eight years. 



The Paris garter rep. co. has 
boon booked to play the Canal Zone 
club houses, arriving here In March 
from Now York. They "wlU present 
a scries of dramas. 



Uanda Ppeors, member of the Ritz 
chorus, sailed for her home in Los 
Angeles. 



REVUE FOE EGYPT 

Paris, Feb. 22. 

Emll Schwartz's Revue, Viennese 
troupe now playing In Rome, Is set 
for Egypt next fall. Unit will play 
Cairo and Alexandria. 

Schwartz's revue is a road show 
that plays musle halls on percent- 
ages. Usually Btayg several weeks, 
due to having several books and. 
productions In Its rep. 

It's one of the most pretentloii9 
musicals of its type on the conti- 
nent for straight touring purposes. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



FILM HOUSE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



45 



CAPITOL 

("Color Rhythm"— Unit) 

New York, March 3. 
Colorama, llghtine system in 
which almost unbeliev£^ble things 
are done with not only primary but 
all other colors, is Introduced here 
this week. Stage unit is especially 
named in its honor — and well named. 
Besides the beauty of the unit and 
its staging, with a fair lineup of 
talent, the Capitol has "A Lady to 
Love" (M-G), based on Sidney 
Howard's play, "They Knew What 
They Wanted." Looks like a strong 
week. 

■ For Colorama Arthur JKnorr has 
produced a special unit around the 
process in which remarkable blends 
and patterns of color are obtained. 
Setting iB entirely In silver before 
the lights are thrown on. Prominent 
and soft tones cortibine with the 
suggestive effectiveness of the rain- 
bow. And all the colors are there, 
the tricks including a sort of mist 
of light as In gossamer sheet form, 
one sliding over the other and spar- 
kling almost imperceptibly. 

The mix^d color scheme and the 
sparkle brought out remarkable. 
There are pronounced blacks and 
snowy whites, but the most baffling 
of all Its the changing of colors of 
costumes on the Chester Hale Girls 
in an ensemble number. The line of 
24 first split up into sixes, browns, 
whites, pinks, green and other col- 
ors are flashed on the various sex- 
tets. Then the split is down to 
fours and finally to pairs, with the 
different lights staying on the cos- 
■-^umes-tlwji^r-e--supposed_tojtay_MU_ 
■ In "S'lf ty " Minidn " Ffenchnien" 
(Broadway musical) a similar light- 
ing effect is used but it's not as in- 
volved and magical as here. The 
' achievement here is that no matter 
how the girls are mixed up, the col- 
ors stick with the girl designated. 
Got outstanding applause Monday 
night. 

Dave Schooler, m. c, with a clas- 
sical piano solo for his bit, ably 
done, returns here this week. -For 
comedy, Winfred and Mills, long In 
vaude and doing blackface, and June 
Carr, singing and dancing clownster, 
are with the presentation. Black- 
face seems a little out of place, 
especially in this cplor-splash unit, 
but fared favorably Monday evening 
as did Miss Carr; a clever little 
comedienne. She does an adagio bit 
for laughs with Schooler as a part 
of her routine. Three Small Broth- 
ers, taps, were first on and proved 
a highlight in fast hoofing to single 
off for a neat finish. Running time 
of full unit, 37 minutes. 

Overture current is "Themeology," 
arrangement of thence songs from 
M-G-M pictures. "Devil May Care," 
recently at the Astor, got the best 
break. 

Newsreel compilation of Fox, 
Hearst (sound), and International 
(silent) clips. The trade better go 
up. and take a look at Colorama. 
Camera has not yet captured this 
sort, of trick work. Char. 



ROXY 

(Presentation) 

New York, Feb. 28. 

On its current bill, arid not for the 
first time, the Roxy makes its stage 
presentations more spectacular than 
ensemble items in the accompanying 
picture, "Let's Go Places" (Fox). 

One of this week's three separate 
Btage entrees is "Spirit of Labor," 
originally done a year ago, and as 
forceful a piece of stage business 
as has been done in a popular-price 
theatre. Von Grona is alone on the 
large stage, with black cutouts of 
cogwheels and pistons above him 
and a cold white drop behind him. 
To the sharp, steely rhythm of ma- 
chinery he moves his half-naked 
body about In simulation of the un 
ceasing grind of labor. There is no 
music; to make it even more im- 
pressive is his large, red shadow be- 
hind him. 

Of contrasting atmosphere is 
"Snowflakes," a dance fantasy pro- 
gressing from adagio movements of 
the Roxy Ballet in full silver and 
blue skirts to a brisk routine by the 
Russell Markert troupe of 32 in 
snappy red and white CQstumes 
Patricia Bowman, whirling about as 
though skating on ice, is featured. 

"Lazy Lou'slana Moon," using 
Walter Donaldson's latest tune for 
theme, again brings on the ballet 
and precision girls in opposite rou- 
tines, this time -with Mildred Byram 
singing as she swings under a tree. 
It is the second Broadway plug 
Donaldson's song has received in 
two weeks; last week Jesse Craw 
ford featured a review of Donald- 
son's numbers, winding up with a 
great puff for the new number. 

"A Pilgrimage" has the Roxy 
vocal chorus on a dim stage, wind- 
ing uphill in procession to a shrine, 
as cripples, singing "Cavatina." 
Vocal purity of the chorus was 
somewhat marred by use of micro- 
phones for amplification, with tlie 
s.ime thing noticed in the pit or- 
che.stra's "Sploctions from Mme, 
Butterfly'' overture. 

Aftf>r two weeks of Grandeur the 
Roxy is koppinp memory alive with 
several minutes of a Grandeur 
now.<jreel. Double-width film covers 
two-thirds of the stage. Consisting 
of only one clip, and that of the 
Hudson river bridge now under con 
struotion, tlir> reel resembles a com 
mercial short. Several names of 
companies a.ssociateU In the con 



struction are shown on machinery 
and materials. Construction com- 
pany may have financed the making 
of the reel, which at present can 
only be shown at the Roxy. As the 
flrst glimpse of Grandeur for many 
persons, it has its interest. 

Movietone news highlighted with 
tlve Calvin Coolldges in Hollywood, 
being gi-eeted by Mr. and Mrs. Doug- 
las Fairbanks. The ex-President al- 
most smiled, saving himself at the 
last moment by stiffening his upper 
lip, when someone asked him to 
climb on the statuette of a horse he 
was holding. Other clips, none of 
them' minus appeal, showed Sir 
Oliver Lodge discoursing on the pos- 
sibilities of vacuum, Cuban cigar- 
makers listening to a leather-lunged 
gent paid to read . the newspaper to 
them, walling hospital babie being 
shoved through setting-up exercises 
by a corps of nurses, a staged clip of 
sailors and girl friends giving each 
other the polite razz, and a dog 
race. Audience paid close attention 
to the reel. 

Friday afternoon attendance was 
moderate. Bang. 



hpw . 



EMBASSY 

(Newsreel) 

New York, March 3. 
Tammany daughter's wedding, 
Coolldges at the studios, and news- 
boys' annual dinner are the only 
clips in the 25, requiring 43 min- 
utes to project, that can be called 
news. Fox has about five more 
than Hearst. Good entertainment 
covering familiar spots. Public, 
however, is getting wise to the 

Tnia£a3rtn«7:TOjithterr^ 
tonight, with' three rows of standees; 
comment was heard that show was 
unlike other newsreels. 

Schall, blind U. S. Senator from 
Minnesota, makes an impressive 
address from the screen. The Sena- 
tor, Incidentally, is the flrst blind 
man who makes the statement he 
wants his eyes to remain closed. 

Almee McPherson's contact with 
a Hon, and Biblical memoirs about 
the lamb, get as many laughs as 
the titles on the few shots of a cat 
show in Paris. Golfers In the audi- 
ence find the greatest mirth in a 
new, flexible golf stick Bill Brown 
swings for Metrotone. Educatlonals 
Include an old canal on the Nile 
and an Egyptian well; new type of 
water plane demonstrated In Al- 
dema, Cal.; Alfred McCann in one 
of his familiar proper food dis- 
courses, and snatches of Mei L>an 
Fang's play in Chinese. 
. Some of the more familiar stand- 
bys are: School kids in Florida, this 
time learning to be vaude artists; 
window cleaners at work on a high 
building, .with some trick photog- 
raphy accompanying; identifying 
crooks and giving the suspects the 
bum's rush in Detroit; dog race In 
Miami; ski. Jumping of youngsters 
at Lake Placid; John Charles 
Thomas, baritone, training Romany 
chorus In Florida; New York hat 
retailers displaying spring wares, 
and Chicago Cubs routining on 
Catalina Isle.- 

Phis these are some more shots of 
the Ringling animals ki training; 
exercising babies in a local hospi- 
tal; Eddie Nugent starting to wash 
a dog and getting the bath himself, 
and another episode in the Vir- 
ginian Negro choral group. 

Coolldges In Hollywood is one of 
the most Interesting clips. Cal 
keeps that smile off until the audi- 
ence laughs • for him. Joseph M. 
Schenck takes the visitors to the 
U. A. studio informally, and when 
the party reaches Culver City Louis 
Mayer recalls days In the White 
House and Coolidge's interest in the 
film industry. Waly. 



AVALON 

(F-M-Unit) 

Chicago, Feb. 27. 

"Black and Gold," first Fanchon 
and Marco idea ever booked in a 
Coston house, is the regulation 
dancing unit • this week. It lacks 
what has been the accustomed diet 
of Chicago for years — comedy 
Otherwise the "Idea" clicked with 
such talent as the Kemmys, adagio 
quartet, and Castleton and Mack, 
comic dancers. 

Black and gold motif was carried 
out in curtains, drapes and costumes 
for the 12 dancing girls, the only 
other continuity came when a gold- 
en statue suddenly rose to life (Ar- 
nold Grazer) for a bandmaster bal- 
let, swinging His spear like a baton 
This evidenced good staging, but 
was seriously offset by poor staging 
for the Kemmy.s, whose work 
seemed slow and tiresome because 
the stage was kept light and attrac 
tlon dlffu.sed by the 12 girls in glit 
tering costumes. Same staging difll 
culty ruined the chances for Castle 
ton and Mack, working their first 
two soft shoe singles without music, 
■ but the hoys finally brought things, 
around with their .<!low motion ariro 
batlfs, and finished well. 

Cookie, tliP .emlling hoy m. c, kept 
his hiind as much In the black back 
ground as i)Ossil>le, and held the 
sliow at high .'speed. Corking open- 
ing specialty followed a personalitir 
song and dance by the little blonde, 
Maxihe Hamilfon. 

".Sacred Flame" (WB). Fox News 
reel and a Mifkey Mousp short com 
pleted. Bu.siness 'way off, with few 
in the b.alrony and many empty sec 

lions down.<jtalr8. Loop. 



125TH ST., N. Y. C. 

Just another fi\ ■ yi-ars, most of 
of the managers of the biggest 
houses on the thoroughfare say, and 
125th street theatres will be support- 
ed by the colored gentry. Not one of 
them today isn't checking off some 
of the receipts to color, and these in 
percentages ranging from 10 to 80, 
with 25 the medium. 

This street still la a human bar- 
gain counter. But the liuidts that 
made traversing it almost any night 
in the week a few years hack dlfli- 
cult are just not there now. It's 
definitely being annexed by that 
jolly jigging part of. Harlem. Even 
cops who flatfooted here for many 
service stripes are now in more 
northern territory. Dropping into 
old haunts they report that the 
upper Bronx, expeclally Fordham, 
is just like 126th used to be. And 
managers of those houses ac- 
customed to steady neighborhood 
trjide in the past agree. 

The street this week is celebrat- 
ing its 100th anniversary. It's lit- 
tered with flags, most of them 
around and over the stores, dance 
parlors and Chinese joints. These 
buy-ins and while-aways in fact 
have front make-up that causes a 
bullseye view of the lane to look 
Ilk© more theatre torchery than 
Broadway's own. There are mar- 
quees, blinking lights, neon floods, 
etc. But the theatres, like else- 
where, are clustered with long in- 
termissions of blocks. 

Standard houses, even the small 
est, ar(3 making money. A glance 
Into one revealed good receipts for 
■yy.cieVrrAa^sA^at- — -Practically all 
are playing " )Btraigh£ picture p6ir- 
cles, and there are about seven of 
them on the entire street, which 
double in dialog. Odd enough, com- 
pared to other sections, is that 
there's no general squawk about 
rentals. 

Park Avenue is J25th street's 
dividing line. The eastern gateway 
Is funished by Proctor's, almost 
facing the Harlem Grand; first is 
a split policy, and the second all 
"pictures. Then the New 125th St., 
Burlesque, Harlem King, and the 
New Gotham follow. First to the 
west Is the Orient, about five blocks 
oyer, followed quickly by the Al- 
hambra, M and S., Loew's Seventh 
Avenue, Loew's Victoria, Hurtig 
and Seamons Apollo • (burlesk), 
Sunset, Pershing, West End and, 
what is currently called, the Emer- 
ald. 

This Emerald is ironically located 
on the western corner of Broadway. 
It's ironic in every other sense, 
since Its the highest priced house, 
50 and 75, the smallest, slightly over 
400 seats, and the weakest. It is the 
only on© on the street without 
sound. The climax is realized in 
its refusal to change more than once 
a week and to have only on a aver- 
age of One show per diem. 

A Greek, who owns the Per.shing 
arbund the corner, is blamed by the 
stalwart Irishman In charge, for the 
Emerald's excessive top. Pershing 
has a regular policy. The Irishman, 
however, is not so bad off since he 
has the support of the neighbor- 
ing church, and for rent splits the 
take with th© Greek Friday night 
he had exactly 15 people in the 
house, and it was eight o'clock 
Picture there was one Colleen 
Moore and Kid McCoy , did some- 
time before th© war called "Tim 
O'Rourke's Son." 

. Irish angle also prevails at the 
West End, where the Griffin stock 
company holds forth and barely 
makes ends meet, 'tis reported. 
Next dooi: is the Sunset, a buxom 
little 600-seater which was stand- 
ing 'em up with "Girl from Wool- 
worth's" at 15*25, They tell here 
of the daring of Emmet Moore, 
original Irisher in the vicinity. 
Emmet had the Emerald when it 
was called the Essanay, and for 
pictures ther© that he got 75 cents, 
he repeated two years later at the 
West End at $1. That's the highest 
top 125th has ever known except 
for the Apollo, which gets an extra 
65 when the girlies forget some of 
the rhinestones. But Emmet had a 
way with him, and folks hear he's 
now practicing up around Boston. 

Loew's Victoria is the biggest 
house. It has 2,400 ■ seat-s and 
doesn't gq in for the tiers of bal- 
conies that most of the old 'timers 
of a thousand seats or over on this 
lane .do. i Audience is mixed, but 
mostly white. Loew's Seventh Ave., 
around th© block has colored 
patronage up to 80%. The Victoria 
and Proctors are the only houses 
on the street with vanrl-illm ik)11- 
cies. • Proctor's Is an antique, struc- 
turally \iy comparison. It luis about 
1,600 chairs. 

At the Victoria it is ob.servod 
that when a mystery thr-me is billfd 
or when the names of Unnfroft. 
i^wfinson, Negri, and rjilhr-rt a))p''ar 
in tlie bulbs the nfgj-o attf-ndfincr 
.<;\vr-ll.':. Frank Byrnr> licon lit 

the Victoria's m.inagerial who-'.'l for 
tlif- i),'iKt tive years. 

TIiP M. ad S., nf-xt doOr. now the 
)(ro))frty of the Manhattan Thfatro 
C'cirporaf ion headed by lien Khf^r- 
man, does good buslnrss. By sonu! 
of the boys it Is considered the hcut 
liicrtiiv. ffirnf-r on the .^tr'-f-t, Kliff- 
mari's ambition to have a 12.0th St. 
f'lrfult is being reallz'»d gradually. 
JlarK-m Grande, on which It Fpont 
n reported $7.5,000 to renovate, has 
around 1,400 Beats, well trained 



ushers, courteous doormen, and a 
fakt> sky i-eiling. It is showing a lot 
of good double features and, judg- 
ing from a once over, is doing fair 
bu.siness. Harlem King, about 700 
seats, is a few blocks east of the 
Grand and also Manhattan owned. 
The Orient, a small house west of 
Park Avenue opened last week after 
repairs. It was featuring "Un- 
tamed" in a freshly painted mar- 
quee. Rated as one of the neigh- 
borhoods getting by. 

Alhambi-a is 12jth's real all Har- 
lem special. Former Percy Wil- 
liams big time .vaude stand, goes 
In for a hedge podge so-called drama 
and comedy, revue. and What-not in 
the fiesh. The dramatic magnate 
observed there was a ditty called 
"Shellshocked." . - Waly. 



LOEW*S STATE 

("Broadway Venuse*"— Unit) 

Los Angeles, Feb. 27. 
This F. & M. Idea carries the 30 
winners of the New York "Graph- 
ic's" beaut contest tie-up with the 
coast picture house producers. En- 
tire group spotted here this week, 
but will be divided into two separate 
units of 16 and 14 girls each. Lat- 
ter group being assigned to 
"Chances," coming here in two 
weeks. 

As a collective bunch of amateurs 
these prize gals measure up to any 
of the best that have been corraled 
before. Somes time ago the Keith 
office brought out a similar brigade 
from New Orleans. Wilton and 
Weber heading the act. The "Graph- 
ic" beauts have the edge on looks, 
ability and possibilities. ^ At least 

-Kn.Le_n_fln^on frs^^f^ f hjg bUnch Who 



wnr get' a' second " look • f rofn-plCture 
scouts. One in particular Is Billle 
McMann, a blond© of showgirl type 
with nice vocal attachments. 

Intention is to hold "Broadway 
Venuses" Intact with 16 of the girls, 
eventually playing them back in 
New York, where they hall from. 
For around the coast and the middle' 
west the gals will have to stand on 
their own, no one out here knowing 
th© "Graphic." 

Production is creditably done and 
has a pip fiash finish with the Aerial 
Bartletts. GeorgI© Stoll and the 
house band, in the pit all the way, 
have no other specialties than the 
opening overture, a bit lohg. 

Perhaps the deciding factor is Mel 
Klee, with plenty of vaude expe- 
rience and knowing how to handle 
the embryo actres.ses. Good deal de- 
pends on Klee's m. c. work, and he 
comes through with sufficient 
clowning and, ad Ubbing. Also, in 
his own specialty Klee scores. His 
ballad for a finish might be dropped, 
as It slows things down. 

Another favorable item Is Freda 
Sullivan, clever and talented girl, 
said to have been picked up by Fan- 
chon in Atlanta when she came back 
stage asking for a Job. No previous 
experience. Miss Sullivan Is the 
cute and babyish type who sings and 
dances equally well. Wells and 
Winthrop, standard vaude dancers, 
drop in favorably in their'spot. Boys 
still there on hoofing. 

Flash windup Is a punch. After 
the girls 'sjLrut in a rainbow parade, 
the Bartletts let loose in the air 
from a burning (effect) plane, doing 
the fall with realistic coloring." Cos- 
tumes all around quite neat, though 
nothing pretentlou.s. Idea not war- 
ranting more. Fanchon and Marco 
have gone a bit further on the 
budget with this one than usual, but 
It doesn't look like they'll lose any- 
thing. 

Unit ran 48 minutes flat at the 
initial show Thursday, with the fea- 
ture, "Lone. Star Ranger" (Fox), 
grabbing 66 minutes. Comedy sec- 
ond and Movietone newsreel con- 
cluded. Biz good. Bpan. 



GAUMONT-PALACE 

Paris, Feb. 20. 
Since its sale by Metro to Aubert- 
Franoo-FIlm the standard and this 
house has sadly fallen off. Thoati'e 
the largest in Paris, seating over 
5,000, Is now just a big neighbor- 
hood house. Stage and lighting ef- 
fects, which had been brought to a 
high standard of perfection, are now 
conspicuously poor. Th© pit or- 
chestra, even with silent pictures, 
which the house shows frequently, 
though equipped with W. E. wire, 
has been reduced to less than 40. 
Contrary to the Paramount and 
Metro's Madeleine, everything is 
chai'ged for besl»es admission, 
which Includes obligatory tips for 
ushers, programs and cloakroom. . 

The only distinction of the house 
Is a kennel service (dogs not being 
admitted in the auditorium), where 
the pets can be left during the per- 
formance. 

"Venus," current feature, wala di- 
rected by Louis Mercanton, who 
mad© "Villa Rose," Halk's talker 
currently at Max Llnder. Film is 
of the average French silent class. 
Projection, which used to be the 
best in Paris, is now very poor, the 
orchestra pulpit's glow giving th© 
screen a reddish tint. Feature 
comes at th© end of the show, pre- 
ceded by the performance of Saint- 
Saens' "Marche du Couronnement," 
well played by Georges Ballly's re- 
duced orchestra. 

Before the intermission, unduly 
long on account of the bar conces- 
sion, as well as the screen and cur- 
tain publicity, the show opens with 
Gaumont Pathe-Metro* silent news- 
reel accompanied on the organ by 
^nt-cnrctfa TTr pnch, American or- 



ORIENTAL 

(Presentation) 

Chicago, Feb. 28. 

Ever notice the unobtrustlve way 
those natty ushers tiptoe out on the 
stage to slide off a piano or roll up 
a carpet? Efficiency Is classic, but 
they've never been billed. 

Same goes for the girls in the line 
here. They're good every week but 
get little credit. They always help 
make a show, but In "Broadway 
Blues" better themselves with one 
of the finest novelties so far shown 
at this house — a beautiful fan dance. 

"Broadway Blues" is Just a name 
for an easy going 40-minute show. 
.Staglnig is colorful and a good back- 
ing for such talent as Henry Regal 
and Cecil, rhale acrobatic team 
which employs crossfire for comedy 
and finishes high with the trapeze 
toe-to- toe catch; Lee Sims, the 
pianist, and Ila May Bailey, the 
NHC .soprano. Billy Farrell, with 
his father, both hoofing, finished to 
a hf>avy clatter. 

X^rccfjdinp the Farrells came the 
girls with fans fastened to thPir 
bodies to outline their drill. Rest of. 
tlie- costume was pajama-like for 
cf)nfrast. T'snal band .sfjcclalties 
above par, with Lou Kosloff, l',111y 
( 'handler, the crooner, and Amy, tlic 
wardrobe woman (that's right), do- 
ing some car)ablc comedy. 

(•h-\» on again for finale, a radium 
number made grand by thfir descent 
from a steep staircase In the center 
of the stage. Program also Included 
a I'rc.<<ton f)<^ners organlog. "fihc 
r-onldn't Say No" (WB), feature. 

Business jjff at the opening show, 
y Loop, 



ganist. Fox Movietone News next. 

Stage presentations or baillets 
have been discontinued as a regular 
feature, but this week De^noff's 
"Coq d'Or," Russian company, give 
a four- turn show. Performance 
marred by poor stage and lighting 
arrangements; also by the growing 
local reaction against anything 
Russian. 

Valdo Jazz band plays in the bar- 
room during Intermission, but 
dancing is not allowed, as extra 
taxes would then be imposed on th» 
house. 



PENN 

("Bermuda Bound"— Unit) 

Pittsburgh, Feb. 28. 

Flaps went on a holiday, heaving 
bosoms punctuated the audience and 
little feminine gasps of expectancy 
filled the air. And while the young 
male escorts sat back with a com- 
parative air of boredom and watched 
Teddy Joyce throw his legs around 
with reckless abandon, play the fid- 
dle and sing through a meg as big 
as himself, th© little ladles had con- 
niptions. If you can figure out what 
made two no-longer-young femmes 
shriek with Joy at every wiggle of 
this m. c's hips, you can figure 
Pittsburgh femininity. 

This fellow Joyce, who has spent 
IB months of his two years as an 
m. c. with Loew's at the Penn, came 
back in his own uiiJt, "Bermuda 
Bound," and the now long skirt so- 
rority in town started a sudden wave 
of dead grandmothers that is 
equaled each spring only by the of- 
fice boy fraternity on opening day. 

While the mob came to see Joyce, 
they went away satisfied also be- 
cause of the Runaway Four, Joyce's 
best was his skating dance, remem- 
bered here, but his fiddling and 
singing met with only Indifferent 
returns. 

"Bermuda Bound," however, on© 
of the snappiest of the Loew units 
to come here. Helen McFarland Im- 
pressed with her versatility in song, 
dance and at the xylophone, while 
Sally and Ted delivered a sock with 
their adagio, ending in gal's back- 
ward flip from high pedestal. Ches- 
ter Hale girls went into their stuff 
as though they enjoyed It, and en- 
livened things with an unusual dis- 
play of vitality. 

Leibert contributed a knockout 
organlog, with organ encased In bars 
to represent a Jail, and songs to fit. 
Brecskin's Increased brass section 
showed to good advantage from pit 
in spirited overture. Picture, "Ship 
from Shanghai" (M-G), and biz ca- 
pacity, with long lobby lines. Cohen, 



PARAMOUNT 

("Chauve-Sourit"— Unit) 

New York, March 1, 
Of the three picture houses on 
Broadway dedicated to stage pres- 
entations each has a distinct fiavor 
and perHonallty of Its own. Vast- 
ness and pageantry characterize- the 
Roxy; the Capitol has the sexle.st 
ballet and the most fascinating tlm- 
pany, and the Paramount is the 
home and laboratory of new ideas. 

On this angle it's the most fertile 
and provocative house for a trade 
paper review. Production and oper- 
ating departments provide a supply 
of innovations or Variations that 
practically constitute" a changing 
nin.s<-um of Hhowhianshlp. 
As, for instance, this week: 
A song plugger leaning on a baby 
upright giving the Incoming cus- 
tomers that old personality and 
build up for music stand sales. His 
accompanist is dressed In the mili- 
tary trappings of Publlx service, . 

A note on the mimeographed press 
sheet now requests reviewers to 
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.46 



VARIETY 



VAUDE HOUSE REVIEWS 



,Wednesdayif Jdarch .5/ 1930 



PALACE 

(St. Vaude) 
. .Quit© a letdown after last week's 
picnic. In holding over Ted Healy 
.and his pack of comical stooges, at 
$6,000, the house is giving Healy 
much credit and little support. 

Healy, Henry Santrey's Band and 
the Tiller Sunshine Girls (lG>"are 
the . names in big type. L.ayoul 

• leaves Impression that the Palace 
, lacks box "office drag. Even Healy 
. is no certified packer-in Z>>v a .sec 

end week with practically the same 

material. 

Besides stooges, the bill is full of 
booking boners. Tiller Sunshine 
Girls, pony line duplicating every 
thing that has been seen before In 
general content, are billed as large 
as anything on the bill. And this 
is a house where three real names 
often (ail to draw. 

Palace bill never received a better 
start than the current one with the 
Eiazeed Demnati Troupe of Arabs 
— nine men and two women — In 
pyramids and ground tumbling. It's 
brief, fast and furious, and after 
the speed the strongest of the men 
tops it by supporting the other ID 
simultaneously, 

Ewing Eaton Is back again to 
show lier - versatility. No. 2, again 
filling the spot satisfactorily. Harry 
White and Alice Manning, with 
their own comedy dancing, and 
straight stepping assistance from 
the three Samuels brothers; were a 
hard hitting trey spotter from their 
turn proper to the nut stuff used 
as encore. Healy made' his first 

-^rl4iaani;i^_q.t-J^i1g j^nint fnr a hU, \lf\ty\ 

•'the boys, garnering a swell jreeep 
tlon for himself," then j>introduced 
■ Clifford and -Marion ias the first part 

• liext-to-closers. 

Laughs Hiealy grabbed in his few 
irioments up ahead had their effect 
on the mixed comedy team, and it 
seemed to surprise CliflEord and 
Marion to find themselves starting 
BO slowly. Pair finally "got them 
far enough from the finish to start 
•a strong run down the stretch, but 
then Miss Marion unthinkingly 
dampened the works by returning 
for a straight vocal encore in decol- 
iejte. 

" Santrey's band music and special- 
ty corps, held together by Santrey's 
excellent stage • showmanship, gave 
the first part a hot finale of nearly 
40 minutes. Seemed to run less than 
4t did, because it's a sock vaude- 
ville act. 

Tiller Girls' two' numbers and a 
pair by Michael Tripp, dancing solo- 
ist of the act, were separated by 
bits of Healy's routine. These two 
turns comprised the entli'e second 
part and soroe^ng was missing. 
Tillers did no.f^VioIate the confi7 
dence that Is always placed in th© 
name and snapped over two per- 
fectly done precision dances. Boy 
got a -hand for his whirlwind ec- 
centric. But the girls used the the-r 
atre's familiar black eye with red 
or purple lights, making the hang- 
ings a dirty shade of grey. In ad- 
ditioix to .the fact that pony lines 
can be seen .in any presentation the- 
atre, they are. given a sightly back 
ground In the picture, houses. 

For one of his first part inter 
ludes Healy walked on . with Joe 
Mendl, the chimp,- foi^ some great 
comedy biz. Office cancelled the 
monk elsewhere to bring him here for 
the bit on Healy's request and 
worth it. Previously Healy had his 
own shepherd dog on for more 
laughs. In the second part he re- 
hashed most of last week's ma- 
terial and added a few new items, 

Another new one, and funny, had 
Healy on a ti-apeze. The boys walk- 
ed away with the ladder. Shemp 
Howard, a natural comic himself, 
and his two partner stooges; col 
ored boy dancer, little girl dancer, 
blonde singer, "Pansy," the laugh 
gi-abblng pantomimic xylophonlst, 
mandolin soloist, and two 'boys who 
slap each other's faces, were the 
gang, besides Mendl. AH there last 
week excepting the colored kid. 

Healy was "accidentally" stripped 
to the waist on the trapeze and 
Shemp Is again losing all but his 
und rdrawers. Not so much blue in 
the lines this week. Bige. 



ford, of the veteran Lockfords- act, 
was the starter. Large number of 
kids gave him extra returns, hia act 
got especially liking the burlesque 
and clowning. New and good part 
ner is Lili De Muthe. 

Joe Thomas Sax-O-Tette opened 
and Le.slie Strange was spotted sec 
ond. Former held own nicely in a 
class musical offering, tastefully 
presented an executed. Except for 
the talk interlude toward the close, 
which i.-? a little dragged out, here's 
a turn that merits anything except 
opening spots. Cornet and sax en- 
semble numbers, with comedy dress- 
ing, spells entertainment that sells. 

Leslie Strange, with his able 
characterizations of Lloyd George, 
Premier MacDonald, George Arllss 
and others, found the going smooth, 
but closed to a light hand. Prolonged 
bit in which he contrasts an Ameri- 
can with an Englishman In an- 
nouncing a prize fight may be the 
reason. It might even work out 
better to use the radio bit in the 
middle of the act and close with 
one of the characterizations, pos- 
sibly that of the British working 
man a la Will Fyffe. 

Pathe Sound News, usual trailers 
and the 81st Street Ensemble under 
direction of Jules Lenzberg, com- 
plete the show. Char. 

HIPPODROME 

(Vaudfilm) 

One of the largest attended Sat- 
urday matinee shows this house has 
played to in some time. Both the 
o rch and first balcony well filled, 
very act" olfftlre^ll— went-ovei 
Murahd and GrrtbiirUoy and girl; 
shoved of with pep. Beginning of 
the turn Is devoted to acrobatics, 
mainly ground work. Later . the girl 
shows a variety of bike tricks. Miss 
Patricola in the deuce, and voice 
and fiddling sent her into two en- 
cores. 

Comedy novelty turn Jim, The 
Wrestling Bear, proved Interesting 
and holds quite a few laughs. 
Adults liked it as much as the kids. 
Colored couple, Danny Small and 
Co., held in fourth spot. Small has 
a strong pair of tonsils. He has 
omitted . a few songs previously 
done in foreign tongue, and filled 
in with stronger material. Girl is 
a great hoofer. 

Bayes and Speck, with a variety 
of nut patter, were a laugh hit. 
Boys appear to be Improving every 
year. Gags were fresh and surefire. 

Lane, O.sborne .and Chlcco, song 
and dance turrt of the class style, 
closed somewhat weakly. Lester 
Lane formerly took the billing alone, 
although with Ethel Osborne in the 
act. He has added a rhixed couple 
who support at piano and harpsi- 
chord. Louis Chlcco apparently th^ 
man in this duo. Miss Osborne 
vocals in sugary manner, but Is pri- 
marily an actobatlc dancer. Lane's 
outstanding routine is his mixture 
of Russo-stetjology with kicks and 
whirls. 

Tiffany's "Lost Zeppelin" feature. 
Also Pathe Sound News. 



86TH ST. 

(Vaudfilm) 
Putting Dotson, Havel Brothers, 
Jimmie Savo and Will Osborne in a 
neighborhood Keith bill crowded out 
the femme vaudevilllans almost 
completely. Gents whammed com- 
edycUcks and did right well on the 
dancing and musical end. Several 
women on the bill, but in the back- 
ground. On the screen were Pathe 
Sound news and a Pathe feature, 
"Officer O'Brien." 

Osborne, radio muslcker and Rudy 
Vallee's aggressive competitor, is 
gettlngf the billing display. But 
diminutive Jimmie Savo was the 
show stopper. Savo, in next to clos- 
ing, preceding the Osborne band, got 
such applause that, despite flashing 
of the Osbo.rne name, he had to 
come back for an encore. 

Biz not capacity Saturday after- 
noon, although the show warranted 
it. It has been slow work building 
up t^e mats in some of the uptown 
Keith houses. Show opened with 
the Clifford Wayne Sioux Indians 
act, which depends almost entirely 
upon the work of young Carlisle 
Wayne in slpging, dancing and acro- 
batics. Act has novelty. 

Dotson, second, has-been dancing 
like a house afire for years. This 
colored hoofer has taken on weight, 
but he still sells It. The Havels, 
Arthur and Morton, were good com- 
edy relief. They show teamwork 
and mSke their kidding and hoke 
stuff collegt a lot of laughs. Skit is 
a boildown from their show, "Just a 
Minute." 

Savo mugged, inlmed and sang for 
-swi'efi^i-e-Hti^: — -A-udieh«e-^woMWnlt^ 
ler hiwi -go. — ■ — . .... . . - 

Will Osborne closed. He has aug- 
mented his band, and It is in better 
shape now than it has been since he 
started as a commercial plugger on 
WMCA. Nothing stagey aboiU the 
band and Osborne takes hia bows 
modestly. H^ has a pleasing stage 
appearance. IK ark. 



81ST STREET 

(Vaudfilm) 

Outside of the picture name of 
Esther Ralston, there's nothing In 
the billing out front to draw big. 
Screen feature is "Ofilcer . O'Brien" 
(Pathe). 

Little more than a half house 
Saturday matinee, and plenty of 
kids aniony 'em. Apparently new 
Qixposiition from Warners' Beacon, 
(iown Broadway six blocks, ha.s dug 
into this RKO neighbor. Also there's 
the Itiverside, just thrown into a 
vaudlihn policy. 

Besides being a name from pic- 
tiu-p.s, lO.sther Ralston has a oorUliVR 
act for vaudo. H(»ailing th'i" bill, but 
(in third instead of next to rlo.sing, 
hAciiiisc hcv orrci'inK works in fcll- 
.'•lusv, AHss Kalaton's there. 

'J':v,Ni (lancer numher Is her b(>st, 
iind tlio iceman cliiiraclcr hoi- woaU- 
(•sL. l..iLier might easily ho r(.'- 
DlncO'l, it Mi.ss K.ilston insists on 
doing ii hoyden. Dance windiiii as- 
sures a strong exit. 

N'ext to clo.sing were Lubin, Larry 
«nd Andre (New ArtsV. comliininK 
blackface comedy, singing ;md 
(lancing of averugo calibre. Over a 
Lie bolter than fair. Naru l.ocU- 



LOEW'S MET. 

(Vaudfilm) 

Good show all the way, evenly 
balanced and playing smoothly. Biz 
a sellout Saturday night. Layout 
held five acts and "New York 
Nights" (UA). 

Six Rockets, femiiie sextette, 
opened and satisfied with a zippy 
mixture of acrobatics and posing. 
Good returns; Eddie Miller and 
Henriette followed and clicked with 
a song routine. Miller delivered 
four numbers, with "Old Man 
River" getting the big results. 
Henriette accompanied on piano, 
and in windup uncorked a good 
impresh of Ann Pennington. 

Nat "Chic" Haines and Co. were 
assets in the laugh division with 
a comedy skit. Haines niade merry 
throughout as the gay boy stray- 
ing from family hearth to bask In 
the sunshine of a youthful siren. 
Comic supported by two men and 
three women. Spacing Haines' 
clowning, a mixed team handled 
song and dance numbers acceptably. 

Emile Boreo held down next-to- 
shut assignment to perfection with 
nifty clowning and songs. French 
and Russian numbers sent him off 
to a solid hit. Ralph Olsen and Co. 
closed with a classy dance revue 
packing lots of pep. Nine girls ap- 
pear in support, with eight handling 
precision numbers and the other 
assisting Olsen in ■ a couple of 
doubles. Neat act, and over big. 

mba. 

AUDUBON 

(Vaudfilm) 

Even with "The Show of Shows" 
(Win l)i55 at this uptown Fox stand, 
Saturday, was not no hot. Slump 
attributed to the dose proximity of 
the new I,oow theatre at ITfith. 
l''eiitnre runs over two hours and 
just about swiiinps the vaiule. 

Alex Hyde and his Modern ISlnid- 
ens' turn ojKMied, with the fenimes 
making a colorful tilii.i;e iucttn"(^ as 
well .as pleasing with their music. 
Hyde has the . girls getting good 
vohiuic out of the brass. 

Ituck and IJiibbles piled up the 
l;ui!?hs with their dancing and piano 
miscellany. "With no other comedy 
in the vaud.-' it was a pu.'^hover for 
th(> colored l)oys. 

A(ld(.'d c'Miiitei.lion Vn Hie neitrh- 
borhood K-.honU; indutte the Audu- 
bon to brighten its fr(\iit. ilail: 



58TH ST. 

(Vaudfilm) 

Ordinary vaude setup here the 
first half, but substantial enough 
for the neighborhood. Not many 
present to witness the supper per- 
formance Saturday. • 

Pretty flash turn. Garden of 
Roses, opened. Act carries a 
sprightly pony chorus of six, mixed 
dancing team, and a tenor. Grand 
and Sylvia, the team, do adaglol 
ballroom ind a short whirlwind 
number. Miss Sylvia, who cramps 
the style- by persistently looking at 
the audience. 

Stan Kavanagh, juggler-comedla^n. 
deuced and didn't warm up unti{ 
the finish. Incessant patter drew 
no response. He's adept at hat and 
rubber ball Juggling, but the clinch- 
er was manipulation . of Indian 
clubs.- Hetty Happy, femme, assists 
intermittently for attempted comedy 
crossfire with Kavanagh. 

Odette Myrtil held feature billing 
capably. Violin work was better 
appreciated than her singing, al- 
though she has a fine pair of tonsils. 
Her classical skit, laid In the crino- 
line period, and wherein the lover 
expresses her moods and emotions 
with violin, was Immensely liked. 
Mitzl Klsh, Jules Waldeck and Vlad- 
imir KayalofE are in support. 

Hoke comedy turn, Eddie Hanley 
and Co., fair for laughs. Hanley is 
assisted by "Personality Boys" 
working in ludicrous attire with 
deadpans. Helen Tejan, only girl 
in tlie turn, diversifies with leg- 
mania. 

Colored turn, Norman Thomas 
Quintette, was a strong finisher. 
Thomas is very proficient at the 
Ivories, and his Atarled support is 
excellent. 

Pathe's "Officer O'Brien" feature. 



his picture work precedes . the, stage 
interval.. He was lilted. 

LaBell'e Pola and Co., third. Is a 
monkey turn enhanced by the danc- 
ing of a pretty brunette and the 
presence of another pretty girl as- 
sistant. Male trainer m. c.'s. La 
Belle' Pola, chief monk, plays an or- 
gan pumped by a second monk, and 
also dances. Monkey orchestra trio 
accompanies. Act is a dandy nov- 
elty. 

Billy Tlchenor, fifth with her re- 
vue, comprising two other girls and 
three men, drew good returns. Girls 
chatter, sing and dance with numer- 
out set changes on a "Cinderella 
Theme." Pleasant and done with 
care. 

Herbert and Robey, male duo, use 
familiar gags and stoop to a blue 
spot. Laughs gained mostly from 
the robust comic's continuous chuc- 
kling. Straight sings in a squeak 
but went over big here. Played 
middle spot and took a bow. (New 
Acts). 



JEFFERSON 

(Vaudfilm) 

"Officer O'Brien" (Pathe) .was 
dragging 'em in Saturday. House 
claimed spore biz than on Washing- 
ton's birthday. Bill okay and sprin- 
kled with laughs, and every act took 
its bows unhurriedly. 

Acts in oirder of presentation were 
Maryland Collegians, Johnny Downs, 
La Belle Pol^ and Co., Herbert and 
Robe-y, Billy Tlchenor and Co.. Hai'- 
ris and RadcliflT, and K. T. Kuma. 
Except for Herbert and Robey, not 
listed In Variety files, the turns are 
all familiar. 

Harris and Radcliff, colored duo 
winding up the act with a third boy, 
went off after 15 minutes with the 
customers still wanting them. Much 
better impression than their usual 
habit of hanging around. 

IC. T. Kunia, Japanese illusionist, 
closed with trick clo.sets and cab- 
inets. In one spot he brings out a 
girl singer and dancer for specialty. 
IMa.f's in full with speci.nl drop, and 
carries a couple of assistants. Over 
nicely. 

Maryland Oolleginns band opener. 
Usual chcerin.g ninnbcr for intro. 
lapsing to female iniiiersonatlon 
that's not so hot, and then songs 
ard dances. Band is in orange 
sweaters, black flaunty trouser."? and 
black suspenders — quite collegiate. 
Music plenty hot. 

Johnny Downs, grown kid, who for- 
merly played in "Our Gang" come- 
dies, uses that angle for his stage 
plug. Sings, chatters and dances, 
with dancing best. Film trailer of 



RKO 

(Vaudfilm) 

Los Angeles, ireb. 28. . 

Not .more than 30 minutes of 
entertainment in the current two- 
and-one-half-hour RKO bill. Joe 
and Willie Mandell furnish the 30- 
minute period. 

Joe Mandell gets plenty of chance 
to show his wares on this bill^ which 
holds four acts instead of the usual 
five. After their regular routine 
the brothers fill in during a scene 
set-up with ad-lib chatter, using 
Dick Nash of Nash and Fately. 
Joe'a big moment is his travesty 
of owen MTi GiveiieyS — pret-eany-the- 
old' four-cfiaracter Bill Syices-play- 
let staged in a skeleton set to let 
the public see how it's done. ' 

The protean act itself gets by on 
its give-away angle; then Mandell 
travesties it for 10 minutes and 
makes a howling finish to the stage 
program. 

Dick Nash and Midgie Fately, tall 
youth and a tiny partner, make ^ 
nice start with chatter and contrast 
comedy. Act sags when the man 
attempts a rope monolog. 

Flash opener Is Pavlev-Oukansky 
ballet. Opening ensemble with girls 
as fiowers Is pretty, but not hot. 
General performance okay. Gypsy 
closing ensemble, nine girls and a 
man. Is nice. 

Feature is . "Grand Parade" 
(Pathe). 



RrVERSIDE 

(Vaudfilm) 

Business still terrible Saturday 
matineesi Can't drag 'em in on any 
terms or with any policy seemingly. 
Where the kids in the neighborhood 
go IS a problem for • oiie of thos^ 
Hoover commissions. ' 

Fair to middling bill as follows:' 
Joe Niemeyer, Spence. and True, 
Florence Richardson, Joe PhilllpB 
and Ledova. Universal's "Out of the 
Fog," feature. 

Too much dancing. Niejneyer, ex- 
clusively a stepping turfi; special- 
ties In the Richardson band acti 
girl hoofer with Joe Phillips and 
finally the Ledova revue. 

Spence und ' True are .given to 
pratt falls with reverse English. 
There's a place open In the trade's 
vocabulary for those front flops to 
an ear pyramid. Fairly funny de- 
spite need for bright chatter. 

Florence Richardson did nicely. 
Edna Sedwick has proficiency of ex- 
ceptional merit, both with taps and 
toe work, an unusual dancing versa- 
tility. Sonny O'Brien, Irish tenorj 
wins the shamrock wreath for per- 
fect diction. Every word is a word 
and not just a. sound. That' alone 
sets him apart from those who are 
merely tenors. 

After a load of Joe Phillips it's 
apparent this fnnny fellow needs, 
more than anything else, a good 
straight man. Pi-ovided by nature 
with a comic personality and a great 
feeling for 'hokum, he needs some- 
one to bring out his talents. His 
blonde assistant, Carlotta Tyan, has 
a peachey soprano and can bowl a 
10-strIke In any theatre. Land. 



ACADEMY 

(Vaudfilm) 

Draw bill and good biz marked 
the Saturday turnover, slated for 
a full week instead of the usual 
split. This is due to the feature 
"Show, of Shows" (WB), running 
127 minutes. Only three acts: Bee 
and Ray Gorman Revue, Joe Termini 
and Nina Olivette. "Weak feature 
of presentation was that the opener 
and closer turrs were flashes, both 
using tunes plugged plenty in the 
feature. Nina Olivette in closing 
saved the vaude. Miss Olivette has 
switched from the iiingle I'oute to 
surround herself with a band of 
nine boys, and two additional male 
dancers. But she'.-< still the works, 
and how! ria.vs in full. and kayos 
thorn with comic steps and twists 
(Xow Acts). 

Bee and' Hay CJornian Revue suf- 
fers from commonness. Turn opens 
hopefully with a toyland idea, with 
dancers as dolls in ai)j)roiiriate 
routines. After that, despite fancy 
drops and costinnes, things slow up. 
Girl conductor Is in the pit. 

Joe Termini and hi.s usual dumb 
violin, banjo and guitar numbers, 
took an extra bow hero. Termini 
works dumb well, and has some 
good hoke with a trick stiff shirt 
front. 



PALACE 

(St. Vaude) 

Chicago, March 1. 

Frances Arms and Phil Baker 
divide a show hot much beyond 
Prances Arms and Phil Baker. 

Baker's act was the merriest; 
Miss Arms, the finest from stand- 
point of performance (new acts). 
What the Palace needs to enliven 
its bills and its box-office Is more 
singles who can entertain like that 
blonde lady. 

Miss Arms, opening after Inter, 
mission, could have done 30 min- 
utes Instead of 20. Slie responded 
to one encore and they were clam- 
oring for another at 4:30, with two 
acts yet due. 

Baker, next to closing, worked 
with his fatman plant in an up- 
per box and a riot with his gags, 
but failed to do enough accordion 
work. 

They liked Phil's extempo work 
and fresh, intimate chatter. He 
proceeded to make the closing act, 
too, by working with Joe Bonomo, 
the chain -breaking Iron man, in- 
jecting some light comedy that 
staved off the usual walkouts for a 
long show. 

Too much flash and not enough 
talent in the five acts, proceeding 
Intermission, which jammed to- 
gether did not pack the entertain- 
ment carried by Arms and Baker. 

Edith GrilTth opened with her 
song and dance skit, "Love in the 
Ranks" with six boys. Its a beau- 
tifully staged affair with her danc- 
ing men In their brocaded whit© 
military uniforms and went nicely. 

Miller and Wilson, tumbling 
■comed- y team , — h/pva a f^n?'p rl3e in 
the deuce- but overdid after raisijig 
the show- to the top in five minutes 
by an unnecessary blindfold somer- 
sault and a poor hoofing finish. 

Third, Roger Imhof with Mar- 
celle Coreene and an unbilled man, 
good for the usual number of 
laughs in that prop skit, "The Pest 
House." 

With such shiny chaps as Bob 
Albright wore, some of the seat- 
holders ■ guffawed his Oklahoma, 
reputation, but settled back to give 
him good applause on "Ole Man 
River" even though Albright apoli- 
gized for a col(J. He then rang in 
the two girls at the two pianos, 
but what gave his act a big finish 
was an unbilled stooge hoofer who 
caused enough furore for an en- 
core. 

Russel Markert's American Rock- 
ets. 12 in the line and two specialty 
girls, closed the intermission with 
an act of Palace merit for cos- 
tumes, but hardly otherwise, and 
unable to sliine as against the 
opening fiash, although that was 
a male afifair. The girls save the 
act wltli an excellent doll routine, 
and a colorful plume fan dance. 
Specialties n. s. g. 

Business above average for Sat- 
urday matinee, good indication of 
what a good bill like the one tl^e 
preceding week can do for. next 
week. Loop. 



STATE 

(Vaudfilm) . 

Van and Schenck, toplinincr. 
romped away with honors of 
the show without a struggle Sat- 
urday afternoon. After a couple of 
enctores the boys called it an act 
and left the mob happy. 

Grace Smith and Four Buddies, 
colored quintet, opened and scored 
in a fast song and dance routine, 
with dancing the act's mainstay. 
Le Grohs followed, and clicked as 
usual, with clever gymnastics and 
acrobatics. 

Cole and Snyder, male duo with 
Cole doing Dutch comedy, tickled 
them plenty with a nifty line of 
repartee. Cole topped off with a 
motion picture bit, supposedly di- 
recting an early Chaplin one-reeler 
from the stage and getting plenty 
of laughs ^ with the. gab. 

Van and Schenck followed and 
cleaned up. Boys got a great re- 
ception on entrance and a loud 
send off. Sent across five numbers, 
mostly dialect and handled by Van, 
then tried to quit. Mob wouldn't 
have It. 

Tracey and Hay, mixed dance 
team, closed and satisfied with a 
dance production. Acrobatic and 
Apache routines the standouts. 

"New York Nights" (UA), screen 
feature. Edba. 



Theatres Proposed 



Clilt'airo. — (3) $6,000,000. . .SItPS not s(?- 
lectod. Owner, Hadio-Kelth-Orphcuni. 
Architect not nnnied. 

Clnchumtl.— $1.600, 000. Wnlnut Hill.s. 
Owner, eoinpony fornilng. Architects, 
Unnp & Uapi). 

Dftvonport. lu. — $1,000,000. .<iit(» nut 
selected. Owner, Rjvdio-Kcith-Oriihcuiii, 
.\rchltect not nnined. 

I'Vunkfort, . Inrt. — SITfl.OOO. Columhi.x 
nnil -Wnsh inplon .<itreels. Owner. Ci'iliim- 
bla Theatre t'orp. Architects, George & 
Zlinniorniun. rullc.\- not (fivc-n. 

IndinnnpnliN. — $1,000,000. Al^<o stores. 
N-orlh imrt of city. Ciwn-r, eon>p;in>' 
fornilmr, care oC C. II. Mote. Architect. 
1). Oruliain. 

AVIlkoh-IIiirre, !•«.— $S(iO,OUO. Al.-o 
Mtor-!" ;ind apiirtiiicnis. Southen.st r«:- 
ner Public .sfiunre and East Jfarl,i-f 
street. (.Iwnev, (lomerford Aniuscnien' 
Co. Architect, I.eon Leinpcrt. 



Eddie Hill departs for the coa.'^': 
for a new F & M unit in L. A. H'V- 
leaves Wednesday with Ca.'stleton 
and Mack, al.«!0 for F it M place- 
ment. 



Wednesday, March 5,. 1930 



NEW ACTS 



VARIETY 



47 



FRANCES ARMS 
Songs 

20 Mins.; One 

Palace (St. Vaude) Chicago 

One of the most alert and pleas- 
ant female entertainers in vaude- 
ville, with a new group of Imper- 
sonations that can stop the show- 
In any house. 

Frances Arms warms to lier audi- 
ence immediately. She does , not 
stretch the ordinary opening num- 
ber. 

She follows with four riotous 
impersonations of what happens 
along the average tenement. row in 
Xew York, dividing her choruses 
In dialect with fresh, clever dialog. 
To the tune of "You Get On My 
Nerves," her own specialty, she is 
two gossipy Jewish girls, a third 
gone classy; an Italian housewife 
somewhat child ridden and an Irish 
zany, flni.shing to score heavily 
with a good variation of her e.stabr 
llshcd souse imitation, and getting 
llie call for an encore here with 
"Swoet. Adeline," finish. 

Atlas Arms is in "one" with an 
unbilled pianist who Iceeps out of 
tho spot. She doesn't have to 
share the act to get over. Loop. 



ROY INGRAHAM'S Orch. (17) 
Band With Specialties 
29 Mips.; Full (Special) 
Riverside (V-P) 

Apparently this band's first fiing 
at vaude. It has been at the Para- 
mount hotel for a j'ear, and is 
doubling from there. As a vaude 
act the boys' should please^ any- 
where. 

Instrumentation always good, and 
incidental novelty ^effects furnl.sh 



-support... .,.., _ r" ., .' ■ — 

Irigraham is a likeable personality. 
He takes the solo spot only once, to 
sing a pop announced as his own 
composition. ■ He sings into a mike 
attached to a horn in a I'adio cabi- 
net near the wings, for broadcast 
effect. Boys in the band are clean- 
cut youngsters. Two warble solos 
and several have dance bits. Their 
feature number uses luminous mat- 
ter on the hands and megaphones, 
while the stage goes dark, for novel 
effects. , 

Two girls are Included for special- 
tics. Ruth Mayer is on twice, first 
for an acrobatic number, and then 
in the closing darkstage number for 
a skeleton dance. Mae Joyce on 
once for a duet with Ingraham. 



LUBIN, LARRY and ANDRE (3) 
Comedy, Songs, Dances 
11 Mins.; One 
81st Street (V-P) 

Lou Lubin of this 'comedy, sing- 
ing, dancing trio was formerly of 

. Lubin and Lowrie. Larry has rc- 
placed Ed Lowrie and Miss Andre 
has been added for dance numbers. 

'Result is an act that reglstei's satis- 
factorily without knocking anjrone 
into the aisles. ' Although let dowri 
tqj^jr returns here, when caught, it 
ought to. do all right In most me- 
dium-class neighborhoods. 

Turn gets off to a good start, with 
Lubin's stuttering blackface comedy 
work brought out in^thg argument 
with Larry over' where^Tiie former's 
uke came from. Scared stuttering 
business is carried out further, but in 
about the middle tlhe act begins to 
lag somewhat. Miss Andre's fast 
toe number and, Lubin's hard shoe 

. dance snap up the a.ct again. Looks 
as though three or four minutes of 
good, strong crossfire is needed to 
lift up the center. 

Trio works smootlily. Mi.ss AndVe 
Is a looker and a capable dancer. 

Char. 



HEIGHHO Boys (3) 
Songs and Piano 
16 Mins.; One 
Franklin (V-P) 

A new trio of singers that should 
swim right along. Present routine 
might stand a better rearrangement, 
but as it was presented here gave 
corking entertainment. Good voices 
aided by man playing piano accom- 
paniment who has personality, .can 
, sing and sell a ballad with any of 
thein. 

The trio comprises Bill Sharkey, 
Bill Lorraine and Jack Neal. Each 
knows his vaude, and they diversify 
numbers, offering comedy numbers 
in wop, tad and straight style. 

Trio packs agreeable personality, 
and they put tlielr- songs over. Hit 
liore. Mark. 



MELINOFF Octette 

Adagio 

5 Mins.; Full 

Academy (V-P) 

Okay anywhere, opening or clos- 
ing, because of novelty angle which 
should hold audience until fini.sli. 
Turn is a combo of two quarlots, 
each with one girl and three men. 
Teams do routines simultaneously 
and take length of stage to give the 
.turn a novelty angle. Uoutines 
proper are not new. 

Costumes are while .';lilr4s and 
lUirincls for the men and ))ink liKlits 
for tlio girls. 

BLUE tllDGE RAMBLERS (9) j 
Mountaineer Music; Comedy 
16 Mins.; Full (Special) i 
Englewood (V-P), Chicago 

Small-time pattern of (lu- U'i iiv<t 
Th'othcrs. Home Folks thai misses. 
Has no comedy until I he finish, 
when one of the two girls in the a>-t 
brings srnno laughs in a sfpiare 
'Uincc. 

Troupe lnoks and m-ls nulliinf; 
lik*» j)i«ninl,iineers, i-iirint; s'-xlr-l is 
iiicdioc'ie. 



Donald KERR and Co. (4) 
"So This Is Paris" (Comedy) 
19 Mins.; Full Stage (Special) 
Franklin (V-P) 

HJonald Kei-r has a new personnel 
of supijorting players, three femmes 
and one man, with only fair results. 
First part of act drags despite 
Kerr's best efforts to pep it up, and 
by the time he swung into his acro- 
batics the pardon came too late. A 
rearrangement may help^ but the 
laughs wore not as. fast and consist- 
ent as they should be, the material 
not that hefty, and what was used 
•fared badly when the girls failed to 
play up to tho glib, fast-working 
Kerr. Kerr was always two jumps 
ahead of them. 

There was an amusing episode' 
when Kerr engaged in crossfire with 
Gertrude liarr. The latter, with her 
slow, deliberate style, proved a capi- 
tal foil for Kerr, with his wise'crack- 
ing and ginger. 

What this duo did in their brief 
inning, with Miss Barr flashing some 
of the classy dancing she did when 
a member of the Barr Twins act, 
made the best of the tiirn. Miss 
Barr looks well, has grace and style. 

The act has Parisian atmosphere, 
with Kerr in Paris meeting three 
dames with the inference that he act 
as a corespondent so they can ob- 
tain their divorces. The other man 
in the turn does a waiter. Kerr 
clowns, dances, gags and does some 
of his familiur hokc bits with the 
waiter. His characteri.stic acro- 
batics a istandout. 

Kerr formerly worked with . Eflle 
Weston, the combo being standard; 
The pair split up when the "Night 
in Monte Carlo" act was ditched. 

The present Kerr turn brings Miss 
"BjHar.-piro)c:tjort^l!:d5^ir^^ 
specialty way. Formerly sfie wias 
only classified as a dancer when 
worki)ig with the sister act. .1/or/r. 



NINA OLIVETTE (11) 
Revue with Band 
19 Mins.; Full (Special) 
Academy (V-P) 

Xina Olivette, from m\islcal com- 
edy, haii^ abandoned her single and 
surrounded herself with a band of 
9 boys who sing, dance and assist 
with comedy, routines. They wear 
cadet uniforms. Act also carries 
two male steppers for a "shoeshine" 
dance. Good for anywhere. 

Miss Olivette, a looker, knows her 
comedy, singing and dancing. 
Among the number.; are a burlesque 
ballet by Miss Olivette, and a comic 
adagio specialty "with two men. Al- 
together six numbers, all good. 



SHARON De VRIES Revue (9) , 
Dancing and Singing 
16 Mins.; Full (Special) 
Riverside (V-P) 

Substantial as an opener or closer. 
To hold a better spot it would have 
to acquire more speed. Eight girls 
and two boys In dances and songs. 
Miss De Vries takes the spot during 
and after some of the chorus rou- 
tines. 

■ In'dian number, with backdrop of 
the wide open spaces, was the fast- 
est and best liked Item. Pony chorus 
does a bit of stepping, to Indian mu- 
sic, led by one of the boys in leg- 
mania and later Sharon >De Vries in 
a frenzied dance. »■ Number was cos- 
tumed brilliantly. 

Previously the girls appeared in a 
comedy number as Immigrant char- 
women, with each going Into a coip- 
edy dance typical of her nationality. 
Then Miss De Vries solos a Victor 
Herbert ballad, accompanying it 
with much Egyptian arm-weaving 
and floor-rolling, Drawn out too 
long. 



COHEN and KENNEDY 
Songs and Piano 
17 Mins.; One 
Franklin (V-P) 

It's Jack Cohen, the radio i. ianlst, 
and William ' A. Kennedy, Irish 
tenor, also known for his air work. 
Both are tied up on their Yorkville 
Radio weekly assignments, featured 
on the Fin ley -Strauss and Flnken- 
burg program.?. That prevents any 
out-of-town dates at this time. 
Aside from their local popularity,- 
the Cohen and Kennedy combo is 
oke for vaude. 

Cohen's ivory work has estab- 
lished him. as a piano playing hound. 
His "St. Louis Blues" explains what 
has made him a local air ace. 

Kennedy has a pleasing voice, 
makes lyrics easily understood and 
he picks numbers, with judgment. 
It was a pushover for "When Irish 
Eyes Were Smiling," and he fared 
well with a new one by Cohen, 
"Living Without You." Kennedy- 
sang several toplcals to big returns, 

Cohen and Kennedy, known to air 
pluggers as Jack and Bill, were 
surefire here. Not alone on ether 
popularity, hut on stage ability. 

'J ark. 



EDDIE CARD'S Southerners (11) 
Band with Specialties ' 
19 Mins; Full (Special) 
Jefferson (V-P) 

Just another band act, with musid 
of mediocre quality. Most of time 
consumed by specialties from mem- 
bers of the band and two girls. 

Oard is an energetic leader doing 
several solos and joining the boys 
in bits. Displays an oke tenor in 
impressions of various celebrities 
selling, a numbe.r. Thi-ec boys take 
up lots of time in a mi.sdirected at- 
tempt to get laughs with gagging 
and comedy instrumentation. 

Two girls help. Zelma Bu.sh de- 
livers a neat buck and wing on her 
toes and Kay Jloevc-l lias a fair 
acrob.'itie (ai) routine. 

Joe and Ethel FANTON 
Comedy Gymnastics 
10 Mins.; One 
Englewood (V-P), Chicago 

Stajidard team now worUliiK in 
blackface, wltli .loo a lazy hushand 
;nid ]-;tl)('I his laundess. ('online 
tli'-ir sin-e-(ire coniedy to r'lumsy 
missed tricks on the horizontal bars. 
Oj-ir-ninp: ean he speeded, however. 

AVllh Miss Fanton's skirts above 
hef head iiuieh of tlie time, liei while 
pantaloons arn ei))ba missing to the 
aiiilif-nee. Ill,i.'l)ly eolored iiair would 
lie funuiei- .'ind Kill ihe Mu-^lie.s. 



RICH and CHERIE 

and LARRY RICH and Friends (12) 

Band, Songs. Dancing. 

51 Mins. Full (Special). 

Audubon (V-P). 

New material in this offering, 
billed as two acts, increases its 
value to the point where It's sale- 
able vaude. Some dragginess 
through padding is the only draw- 
back. Rich has done away with 
the sister team and brought in new 
people. Two young chaps in addi- 
tion to Cherie now assist Rich and 
his band of nine 

One of the boys, playing dumb 
and acting as a perfect foil for 
some of Rich's good-natured com- 
edy, is brought on as a xylophonist, 
but does little at the instrument, 
this being the "blind," Tho other 
lad, a young kid looking little over 
IC, carries off dancing honors. He's 
as neat and sprightly an eccentric 
specialty hoofer as found- around 
and stand.s as one of tl^ie strongest 

assets of the act. ^ 

/ -More -a nd- -more-TIiicli-jsl. the coms:± 
dian rather than the bandmaster, 
altnough he's a good leader and in 
his nine-piece outfit has a gang 
that plays well. Through the 51 
minutes, there Is so little legitimate 
music from the orchestra that it 
doesn't matt-jr. Everything Is 
comedy and clowning. And for 
good' measure. Rich himself emu- 
lates his juve hoofer for a laugh. 

Though only ."slow in a couple 
spots where t4ie clowning is carried 
out a little too far, the Rich offering 
could stand a few minutes cutting 
for added strer.gti). Char. 



SANTRY-NORTON and 

Melody May Bandettes (9) 
Dances and Music 
15 Mins.; Full Stage (Special) 
Franklin (V-P) 

Santry and Norton have been 
vaude stepping for a long time, but 
this time back up their dancing with 
a girl band which proves a stage 
asset. The Bandettes introduce 
.songs, two of the femmes going in 
for solo work that was applauded. 
The act was well received. 

Band leader toward the close does 
a vocal solo. She also plays an in-, 
strument, but mainly does the lead- 
ing. The girls play smoothly and 
get more , impressive volume than 
some of the other femme outfits. 

Santry and Norton open with a 
tango, switch to their tough boy and 
girl number, and wind up with a 
whirlwind acrobatic routine. It's 
the usual type of dancing the duo is 
known for in their long association 
with v.aude. 

The band girls dress convention- 
ally, stick to their musical knitting 
and round out pleasing music. Mark. 



GUSHING and HUTTON 
Songs, Dialog 
13 Mins.; One 
Englewood (V-P), Chicago 

Girl and man in a fair turn. Songs 
for the first seven minutes and a 
much better though not new last 
half, where they satire married life 
in 2030. 

Hu.sband is the brow-beaten, loyal 
"wife." Should be trimmed and 
song routine i-earranged. 

M.an plays piano and has a' good 
baritone voice. Girl has great ap- 
pearance. 



PARKER and DAVIS 
Comedy Dialog; Dancing 
15 Mins.; Two 
Englewood (V-P), Chicago 

Boy and girl carrying along de- 
spite aged gags. Youthful appear- 
ance oC both, and especially the girl's 
appeal. Is major asset. Suitable 
fill-ins at present. 

Could be made worth while with 
fresh material. Girl's tap dancing 
fair, and a toe-tap finish carries a 
soek. 



HERBERT and ROBEY 
Comedy, Talk, Songs 
12 Mins.; One 
Jefferson (V-P) 

Male duo of pop rating. Draws 
laughs mainly from comic's robust 
ilgurc and continuous howling. 
.'Straight squeaks when singing. 

In one spot the (jomic doe.s a 
i'oni>lo of dance steps and carl- 
wlif'Cls foi' nice returns. Gags have 
I lieen heard befoi-e, and a blue on'! 
' slioiild hi' oniil ii--d. 

. BERNARD and SQUIRES 
. Talk, Songs 
i 13 Mins.; One 
: Academy (V-P) 

I lJutch cornii; and f;lrl slralglit 
i with culled g;tgs and facetious hu- 
I nior. Girl formerly appeared with 
I I>)t Gordon, .^ct ttikes pop rajilntj. 
I Ai-t opens ^vitll talk and goes Into 
I ;i sonit whieh doesn't rate. Winds 
• >i|i will-: !i take-off on .\d;im and 
\',\ I' in co.-,i nrne, I'ei.ter, 



PARAMOUNT 

(Continued from page :5) 

mention in their notices that 
■'Slightly Scarlei" 16 also pla.xing the 
Pa r a m o u n t , Br oo k 1 n , 

A special short ballyhooinp, llu- 
binoff, due next week, in which the 
patrons hear as well as see him. 

A mysterious sclf-playing niusical 
instrument in the ICllzabcthan 
lounge, where something- now is on 
view every week. 

A troupe of Kussiai^ vauaovillc 
entertainers,- the first bookini; of its 
kind ever to i)lay over a pictvn'e cir- 
cuit. 

"Chauve-Soiu'is"- it's called, and 
whilo familiar in tho bigger cities 
as a Morris Gest circus, ilie Russian 
Idea will be a taste of bizarre cui- 
sine foi- the average lllmgocr. It 
doesn't matter particularly that Ni- 
klta Balieff, the Impresario, is total- 
ly unintelligible in his announce- 
ments, even with the abetment of 
the addressograph. His broken Eng- 
lish needs a more intimate parlor 
for Its humorous touches to be 
available to the general public. 

Six numbers are used, oi>ening 
with the familiar Volga boatman 
tableau, then a tidbit about a vam- 
pire and the Russian army, a porce- 
lain ballet, a burlesque on La Scala 
opera, iiilan. another ballet and 
finally tho Wooden Soldiers classic, 
No Individual credits or standouts 
in this troupe, but the average ar- 
tistically Is very high and the prob- 
able interest should be strong. Un- 
derstood Publix has a special pub- 
licist in advance to stir up curiosity. 

Wooden soldiers and tho opera 
burlesque are the wallops. Publix 
production department has probably 

-fMyjIftpftd-tJj^i-ftjiiiRinns wltli n Tvhn)fi 



new "set' of wardrobe, ^It's-i-ieh- -and- 
colorful. 

Jesse Crawford, with co-operation 
from the missus, explores the lyrical 
history of the Carollnas and brings 
forward Interesting data In connec- 
tion therewith. Going back to 1908, 
when Von Tllzer and Jack Norworth 
were among the first tp discover the 
rhyming and sentimental value of 
the word Carolina, he Wurlltters a 
chronological series, of songs which 
brings sharply to mind just how nu- 
merous have been these roundelays 
and how many hits have been 
among them. He brings It all up to 
date. This is an exceptionally In- 
teresting -song reminisce, and one of 
Crawford's best recent efforts. 

l^sual Saturday standees. Land. 



STANLEY 

("Tip Toppers"— Unit) 

Pittsburgh, Feb. 28. 
First shows here on Friday after- 
noon getting worse every week. 
With Publix units closing at the 
Mastbaum, Philadelphia, Thursday 
night and opening here the follow- 
ing day, the stage crew goes nerts 
trying to get set In time. Curtain 
usually rings up after & flock of 
shorts have been thrown in to fill 
the breach, and stage looks like 
something the cat brought In. Acts 
have to get along as best they can 
with scenic as well as musical dlfil- 
cultles. • ' ' 

Trial for everybody concerned. In- 
cluding the audience. Today a per- 
fect example. After feature had 
faded from view, house threw In 
two-reel talking qomcdy, then fol- 
lowed up with Grantland Rice sport- 
light. Overture next, folhjwed by 
almost half hour of newsreel, three 
or four clips being the usual allot- 
ment here. Then Nick Lucas out In 
one to do his specialty, and you 
could hear the boys backstage ham- 
mering. Next. 10 minutes of trail- 
er.?, and when screen finally an- 
nounced stage show, organist was 
forced to plug tunes for 12 minutes 
before curtain finally was flown. 
Under these circumstances the unit 
fell flat. To be expected. 
' Lucas was the b. o. magnet, with 
lobby lines shortly after noon. 
Worked Independent of regular unit, 
refusing to appear In front of stage 
band, and whamme^ with his croon- 
ing. 

Forced to cut down running time 
because of Lucas' appearance, Harry 
and Dorothy Dixon, of the unit, were 
sent out to the Enright, leaving this, 
show with no comedy sock. Norton 
and Haley need new niatorlal. Stan- 
ley Twins suffered through audi- 
ence's frame of mind ))ut went 
bravely ahead despite no rehearsal 
with music. Revealed some nice 
imlson acrobatic dancing. Powell 
and band had fast specialty, boys 
rapidly developing into real fav.s. 

Dave Broudy's overture, Victor 
Herbert "Memoi'ies,". and ran 12 
minutes, longer than any overture 
ever attempted here. Picture, 
"SlriMiy .Modern" (KX). IJiz capac- 
ity, ('ohfu. 

BRANFORD 

("Aces High"— Unit) 

Newark, Man h 1. 
TwoHi(!\v iiersoiialilies make, theli- 
delnit this week. A new ni. c. is 
I'cv.'ilerl in .Milton DniiiiJ.'is, here fo)' 
at least a month. Judged b.y this 
jn'i'foriiianer', he in no w;iy jiie.-is- 
ures up lo the slaildiirds sel by the 
best of precedln:< m. c.'s. 1 luwe,v(-i', 
he may ajtpeal to (he. (l,'i)is, and 
that's all Hint's required. .Material 
is old and dance.s br.iter iban 

Sing.«. Alipears colnljeli m ;i 

band lejidcr. T{e[ii,i i ii, ).:i\e 
ovi-r lij-r I''riil;iy. it w.n- tlilT' r- i:i 
^alui-da.v. 

flalirjet I liiii - i,<;i\il\ )■ ' in i il ,,• 
on-liestia le:iil<r, cliil.'d );eaily. 



With a vibr.int personality he leads 
with enthusiasm aiid verve and gets 
line results. Spots and colors used 
10 pick out instruments. Biggest 
recoptlmi of the show, however, to 
Harold Ricder at the organ. Now 
talking throughout from the con- 
sole. 

Indepciidont of the unit Andre 
KiiznctzolT, llussian bariioiu', sings 
three songs and registers with "Old 
.Man River." As given here the 
unit, "Aces .High," is cntcrtaimng 
for fully 15 minutes of its 4f>. For 
the rest it is slow and rather dull. 
High point an adagio by three men 
vv-ildly gyrating an apparently in- 
destructible girl. Crowd liked a 
bright little • boopa-dooper*. with a 
voice not quite bl.g enough for the 
house. Introduced as liou.ulas' 
sister, she and the m. c. wasted loo 
much time .between songs. Two 
steppers flashed, but Jed Dooley, 
capable comic, found, the house cold. 
From the splash angle unit no 
standout save for the finale. 

Feature, "Dangerous Paradise." 
news silent with orchestra accom- 
paniment. Austin. 



Talking Shorts 



(Continued from page -1) 
time ago. No similarity, however. 
As run here the recording was un- 
mistakably poor, with only a sec- 
tion or two at all successful. 

Miss Hurst is the , apartment 
seeker and Fisher the renting agent. 
Glib exchange with several laugh 
registers. Miss Hurst sang "You 



VvantJLoi'in' and 1. Want Love." At" 
times her .voice sounded very well, 
and then It would go blotto. Blame 
It on the studio or theatre. 

Just a short. Mark. 



"IRISH FANTASY" 
Sketch Novelty 
10 Mins. 

Loew's New York 

United Artists 

Handsomely produced short In 
which an old Irishman goes ojjjar 
memories of younger days with a 
grandchild, the camera picturing 
what he tells by flashbacks. Meri- 
torious product, recommended for 
the best programs. • 

Production value aplenty has 
gone Into this one. Cost probably 
ran much higher ' than for most 
shorts on the market, even a lot of 
extras having been used In the war 
.scenes. Hugo RIesenfeld and Wil- 
liam Cameron Menzles are credited 
as the producers. 

Scenes reflecting the memories of 
the old man when a youth, through 
his courting, wedding, war and 
other days, with singing and 
dancing worked In appropriate spots 
cover most of the footage. 

Throughout finely directed and 
photographed, with the recording 
also good. Those who appear .are 
not billed. • Char. 



"AMATEUR NIGHT IN LONDON" 
Comedy Sketch 
30 Mins. 

Nfw Gallery, London 
Pathe 

Another by Gordon Bostock for 
P. D. C, with United Kingdom dis- 
tribution. American distribution by 
Pathe, Directed by Monty Banks. 
It's a comedy on the lines of "A 
Night In a British Music Hall," but 
switched onto the amateur contest 
angle. Good comedy short. 

Cast mostly old-time vaude troup- 
ers und masters of this type . of 
broad burlesque. 

Includes Billy Caryll, Duncan and 
Godfi"y, the Regos, Archie McCalg, 
Don and Luis and Harry Rogers. 

Slig^it thread of story around a 
sailor taking his girl to vaude thea- 
tre to see carnival. Interruptions 
from man In box and from peanut 
stand cut between good series of 
burlesque old-.tlme .acts, of which 
two best are cod tumbling, act, Don 
and Luis, and pathetic fisherman 
ballad by.BHlle Rego. 

Plenty of laughs for average au- 
diences, and good second feature in 
this market especially, as It helps 
out quota. Should make a two reel- 
er with a laugh kick when cut for 
the American mai-kct by Pathe. 

Frat. 



PATHE AUDIO REVIEW, N6. 4 
Travelog in Color 
9 Mins. 

Loew's New York 

Pathe 

Good filler for any program. This 
short is Interesting and a. good ex-, 
ample of the entertalnment-cducrtt- 
lional combo. Titles also help, 
being written In snappy and 
eynlcally humorous manner. Short 
is in three clips, the first of which 
is silent. Remaining two present 
iiovelt.v in travelog iilc-turcs because 
of addition of entortalnmoiit fea- 
tures esi)ecially selpetcd' to enhance 
I lie scenic spots. Itocording good 
'.•uid ))hotography okay.- 

Pi.eond clip is of a cifhedral in 
("liafre.s-, li'rance, Kxtcrlor -'i Uruc- 
(iire is shown while thu .Jugoslav 
.Vational Chorus, about TO nilxed 
voices, chant hymns. This is pre- 
eeded by ,1 splice on monkeys In 
r.oriioo and shows how tho chimps 
u\i- trajiped. Third ejip |.s of Yourlo 
Voi)'-IIn and hi.s Hoyal Russian 
l!.il.r::iiK'i oicheslra playing native 



48 



VARIETY 



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UIRMINOIIAM 
lOiniVIre 
I'aris J-lfe 

(irand 

Syd Spymour Bd 
R Hudson OlriB 
The Klrlis 
.lack Stocks 
W'iUle T.uncct 
Mul Miller 
.l*iin Kennedy 

Koyitl 
The T^osert Song 

BL.\CKrOOL 
(imnd 
Treasure Island 

Operu House 
The Llmplngr Man 

B B AOyORU 



Alliambrii 
■ Blue -Eyes . . . 
CARDIFF 
ISmpIre 
The Damask Bose 
KUINBUBCH 
£mplr« 
Virtue for Sale 
GLASGOW 
Alhambra ' 
First Mrs Fraser 

ISmpire 
Maklni; Whoopee 
IIANLEK 
Grand 
On Western, Front 
HVJjI, • 
rulace 
the Girl Friend 

I.EUDS 
_» Kmplre 
CUfTord & Grey 



Fred Uuproz 
The :i Pirates 
Gaston 

Tom I) Nowell 
1^1 lly Morris 
Peter Bernard 
Philip Ward 
Koyul 
Hold Kverytliine 
JLIVKKPOOr 
Empire 
Wake Up & Dreiim 
MANCHESTKR 
I'alace 
1930 Revue. 
>'EWCASXr,B 
Empire 
Journey's End 
MEWPORT 

Emtnue 

Bip.pJes_ 

NOTTINGirAM 
Empire 
For Goodness' Sake 

Roynl 
The Calendar 
PORTSJIOL'TH 
Boyal 
S'rry You've B'n T 
SHEFFIELD . 
ICmplre 
The New Moon 
SOVTHAMFTON 
Ehnpire 
Show's the Thlnff 
SOVTUSEA 
KlnK'a 
Follow Through 
SWANSEA 
Empire 
Our Ldds In Khaki 



Pictnre Theatres 



NEW YORK CITY 
Capitol (7) 

Wesley Eddy 
Chevalier Bros 
11 Little Dew Drops 
Charlotte Conrnd. 
Elsla Thlel 
Edna Ho\vard 
Nat Splra 
(28) 

"Color Rhythm" U 
Art Frank 
June Carr 
Small Bros 
Chester Hale Girls 
Dave Schooler 
Tasha Bunchuk 
"A Lady to Love" 

Paramount <8> 
'Chauvre Sourls' R 
Nlta Balleft 
"SlleUtl'/ Scarlet" 

Ro«y (1) 
Von Urona 
Patricia Bowman 
!{t Vodnoy 
Mildred Byram 
William Robyn 
Markert's Roxycttea 
"Ijet's Go Plocos' 
CHICAGO, ILL. 

Avalon (28) 
Charlie Craft's Bd 
Mulroy McNcece Bd 
Alfred La Tell Co 
Wally Juckson 

CapUol (28) 
Cookie's Bd 
Brema Fltz & M B 
Elizabeth & O'Don 
Alexander & S 
Joe Allen 

ChkiiKO (28) 
'Anniversary Show' 
II L Spllnlny Bd 
Barto & Mann 
^ilonc & Venion 4 
A Robins 
VorKe R: Johnson 
Vivian Fay 
F Evan's Ensemble 
'Seven Day's Leave' 

Oninndn CiH) 
"Tune Types" U 
Joey Ross Bd 

1 tarry Rose 
Fred Craipr Jr 
Byron & Willis 
C Omar Musser 
Mary'Rtonn 
Granada Ballet 
"City Girl" 

Marbro (28) 
".Ta.7,7. Bouo.ubt" U 
Benny Merolt Bd 
Wal7,er & l>yer 
Burns 2 
Johnny Payne 
Marbro Ballet 
"City Girl" 

OrIen(nl (28) 
. 'Broadway BM!3' U 
Lou Kcfllirtf Bd 

mi & Dad 
Sailey & SImms 
It RoKOl *; Cecil 
I^ambert Ballet 
■•'Couldn't Hay No" 

Furndlse (28) 
"JfardI Gras" XT 
Mark Fisher Bd 
G I) W.-iahlnglon 
< Orotons 

2 Gobs 

Dorothy Neville 
4 Ilarmonlsls 
2 Royal Midgets 
P Evan's Ensemble 
"The Virginian" 
Stratford (28) 
Ted Leary 
Doris Rue 
Tllyou & Rogers 
Burns & Kisflon 

XJvoU (28) 
"Showland" U 
P Master's Bd 

Rio Bros 

Gaudsmllh Bros 

Helen Kennedy' 

Plorla Vestoft 

Woo^R Miller 

D Berke OlrJs 

"Tl»e Vl-fflnlan" 



I'ptown (88) 
Novelties of 1930' U 
Al Kvale Bd 
Bob Nolan 
Gene Sheldon 

2 Black Dots 
Schlctells M 
Olyn & Landlck 
Gamby Hale Girls 

'The Virginian" 

BOSTON 
MetropoUtan <1) 
'Tin Types" Rev 

Llora Hoffman 

Charlie Hill 

Lasslter Bros 

3 White Flashes 
D Bcrke Girls 
'Roadhouse Nights' 

BUFFAIX) 
Buirolo (1) 

'Modes & Models' U 
Phil Lampkln 
Belle Montrose' Co 
Chester Fredericks 
DuDln & Draper 
Nlta Carol 
Brengk's ,Horse & iB 
Wniard Fry 
Don Roberts 
Fred Evan's Girls 
"Couldn't Say No" 
HIpiKMlrome (1) 
Bozo Snyder 
Bam Green 
Josephine Hackney 
Bert Hunter 
Joe Murphy 
Evans & Mayer 
A & C Cansino 
Murray Goodney 
Helen Thompson 
Leonla & Al' 
Dixie 4 
4 PhlllipH 

lAfnyette (1) 
"Baby Songs" Idea 
Rose Valyda 
Fields Jt Georgia 
Alene S: Evans 
Peorl Iloft 
Millie Markel 
Caroline & Ruth 
Sunklst Beauties 
"Party Girl" 
CLEVELANT> 
Stilts (1) 
"Laccland" Unit 
Lou Ilolt^ 
Dolores E & D 
Pearl Twins 
Maurice Spltalny 
Chester Hale Olrls 
'Danger's Paradise' 
U ALL AS, TEX, 

I'lllUCC 

2d half (7-9) 
"Painted Melodies" 
Forsyth & Kelly 
.Iref»e Taylor 
Blrdlc Dean 
King & King 
Irwin Lewis 
Duval Sis 
Dorothy Borke Co 
DENVER, COL. 
Denver (6) 
"Believe TE or Not'' 
The Great Leon 
Earlo LaVcre 
Mary & Bobbv 
Walter Powell 
Evans Girls 
DES MOINF,S, lA. 
FaramooDt 
Isr half (8-10) 
"Sky - Harbor" 
Herschcl Henlors 
Collcttc Sis 
Glersdort Sis 
CIco Floyd 
Jlhimy Ray 

DETROIT 
Fox (1) 
"Idea In (Jrecn" 
Born & Lawrence 
Moran & Weston 
Franklyn Record 
Way Watts & A 
Doris NIerly 
"Happy Days" " 

Fisher (I) 
Del Delbridge 
LIna Morrison 



f-'amui'l Henavie 

Ar.si-ne Slesal 

■7 Koy.s tip Halilpale'- 

' Miiohlffiini (1) 
"Now unil 'J'hi'n" U 
I'hurlps ■Withers 
Tiaci'y A- liiint'an 
lOdou.'tnl Werner 
Al .Mi)rey lid 
"Street df ("'iiinoe" 
XIIXNEAP.. MINN. 

AlinncHntii (8) 
"Alardi (Jras" 
(i D Washington 
( Orlons 
: Gobs 

Donitliy Neville 



riTTSUlRGH 
Enriglit (1) 
"R A'a^ja bonds" U 
.lay Mills 
Marjorle Barth 
"Uchlnd Make-Up" 

I'cnn (J) 
"Blue (JardiMi" U 
All<>n RoRi-rs 
Les GhpzBis 
ICayc & ."^uyre 
Dodd & Hush 
Che.ster Hale Girls 
"Anna firlslii''" 
.Stanley (1) 
"Tip Toiniers" U 
Nick Lucas 



Ol'KNS MARC:H 4TII 

FOR FOUR 

WEEKS 
(I'alare, Manchester) 
Tlien to London 

JACK POWELL 

Dir. LEDDY & SMITH 



4 Harmonists 
2 Royal Midgets 
V Ev:in's Ensemble 
NEWARK 



Brunford (1) 

"Ace IIlKh'^ Unit ' 
Jed Doolcy 
Milton l;ouglu3 
Gabriel Hlhcs 
Adia Ku/.nctzoIT 
Harold Reldcr 
"Da'nger's Paradise' 
NEW HAVEN 
li\[ix-I>oU (1) 
"Kisses" Idea 
J & J McKenna 
Will Cowan 
E Flat 4 
Helen Aubrey 
Mablc & Marcia 
Mltzl' Mayfair 
Wallen & Barnes 
Dave Hacker 
"Devil r.Iay Care" 
N. ORLEANS, LA. 

Saenger (8) 
Jazn Clock Store" 
Bob I>aSalle 
Paul Kirkland 
Bard & Avon 
Tiffany 2 
F Evan's Girls 
OMAHA, NEB. 

Paramount 
2d ha't "(14-16) 
"Shanghai Jesters" 
Seed & Austin 
Mary Williams 
Bemls & Brown 
Electa Havel 
Serova Girls 
PinLADELPHIA 
Earle (1) 
Bob Hall 
Eddie Dowling 
■ Blaze o' Glory" 

Fox (1) 
"Holl}-ivood Girls" I 
Freddie Bernard 
Charles Rozelle 
3 Gobs 

Lorrls & Fcrmlnc 
John Da^e 
Miles & Perlce 
G Wind Demons 
"Happy Days" 

Mastbaum (1) 
"Red Rhythm" U 
Joe Penner 
Verne Buck 
U S Indian Bd 
"Street of Chance" 



Dick Powell 
Stanley Twins 
Horton & Haley 
F Evans Boys & G 
■ -"^Strlctly-M ud crn " — 
PBOVIUE>"C'E 
Fny's (1) 
Bromberg's Alank's 
Dave Ferguson Co 
Cardiff & Wales 
Melino & Davis 
Van Olio & Mary 
"Murder on Roof" 
6. ANTONIO, TEX. 
Texas 
1st half (10-13) 
"Painted 'Melodies" 
Forsyth & Kelly 
Irene Taylor 
Birdie Dean 
King & King 
Irwin Lewis 
Duval Sis 
Dorofny Berke Co 
WASH'TON. D, C. 

Fox (8) 
'Hollywood Girls' I 
Fanchon & Marco I 
Freddie Bernard 
Chas Ror.elle 
3 Gobs 

Lorris & Formlne 
.Tohn Dale 
Miles & Perlee 
<! Wind Demons 
Alexander Callr.m 
"Happy Days" 

"ScTcenland Melo" 
Fanchon & Marco I 
KaravaefC . 
(jamberti 

Franklyn & Warner 
Sherry Lc-ulse 
Robt C Cloy 
J & B •V\-elUng 
Everts & Ijowry 
Sunklst Beauties 
Alexander Callam 
Meyer Davia Sym 
Leon Brusiloff 
"Happy Days" 
Pulace (8) 
Loew Unit 
Dave White 
"Not so Dumb" 

'li of Syncopation' U 
Callgary Bros 
Ken Whltmor 
Serge Plash 
Hole Girls' 
'Danger's Paradise" 



Loew 



NEW YORK CITY 
Itoulevurd 

Isl half (S-11) 
Cahlll & Maybclle 
Harrington Sis 
Howard .'^niith Co 
Wilson Bros 
Kitchen Piraies 

2d lia:C (12-14) 
4 Karroys 
Mae Fr:iiiclH 
Kimbcrley & ' Page 
Caits Bros 
Johnny Patslne Rev 

Delnncoy St. 

1st half (3-11) 
Mammy & Her P 
3 Kards 

E Sanderson Rev 
Cole &■ Snyder 
6 Roclccts 

2d half (12-14) 
Olvera Bros 
Bernicc & Foran 
Ray & Nord 
Jock McKay 
Wells A 4 Fays 
Fulrnioont 

iHt halt (8-11) 
Parker & Mack 

Si WillH 

Klmberlcy & Page 
Mary Haynes Co 
B Morgan <^o 
. 2d'hair (12-14) 
Lcs Jardys ' 
Ryan Sis 

Bronson * Gardner 
Signer Frincoe Co 
(One to nil) 
Grniid 

1st hiiif (8-11) 
Kailtu Stanley & M 
Keith ^\•|ll)u^ 
VValson .Sis 
."'Ignor Friscoc Co 
(One to (lin 

■2d half (12-14) 
Royal Uyenu Japs 
Russell * Marcon' 
Nat f llnlnos Co 
Jack McBrlde Co 
Uett? Cooper Rev 
Lincoln 8q. 

lat hulf (3-11) 
Hoffm.an & Lambert 
Bernlce * Foran 
Morrlssey & Miller 
(Two to mil 

2d h.l'f (12-14) 
.Tung IClroy 
McCoy & Walton 
Flashlighls 
(Two lo nil) 
National 

1st hair (tl-l I > 
Dora K.Trly Co 



Le Grohs 
Joe Darcey Co 
Tracey * Hay Co 
(One to nil) 

2d halt (12-14) 
Gordon & Day 
.SI Wills 

Wally .Sharpies Co 
(Two to Tim 

]7Sth .St. 
Dave Schooler 
June Carr 
3 Small Bros 



(One to fill) 

2d halt (12-14) 
n RocKetl 
r.ane Harper 
.Sealtlel 

Rons Wyse Jr Co 
(One to nil) 

Gat+s Ave. 
1st half (8-11) 
Clark O'Neil 
Klein Bros 
I'''rank ilaslern Co 
(Two to fll!) 

2d half (12-14) 
C Juggling Nelsons 
Harrington Sis 
Iloopi'r Gaicliett Co 
Mayo it Lynn 
Traccy & Hay Co 

Kings (8) 
Al Kva.is. 
ne.slia * .'-'ansnme 
Shaw it Lee 
Jei-ry (.'in! 4^ Bros 
Tito Coral 
l.oew'H IClli St. 
Isti halt (S-11) 
Ma\inio 
4 Dli>lomats 
I) Arlington Co 
fails Bros 
.lohnny Pasline Rev 

2(1 halt (12-11) 
Kafka Stanley & M 
Jue Pong 
Harry Burns Co 
Carter & Aalbu Sis 
(One to nil) 

Metropolltitn (8) 
Rath Bros 
Vunlta Gould 
Roy Cunxmings Co 
M & M l!ay I.yte Co 
(One to nil) 
Oriental 
1st halt (8-11) 
B Busters v?: Bobby 
John R Walsh Co 
Hooper Gatchett Co- 
Anthony & Rogers 
6 Juggling Nelsons 

2d halt (12-14) 
Gohs of .Tov 
(Others to nin 
Pitkin (8) 
Eddie Leonard 

3 Dennis Sis 

4 Flash Devils 

■1 JnDljj — CWH^ttT 

Berta Donn 
Pat Hen.ilnij . 
Premier 
Jnt half (8-11) 
Gordon ft Day 
June & EJHroy 
McCoy & Walton 
Flashlights 
(One to nil) 
• 2d half (12-14) 
Ruth Kaye 
IS Sanderson Rev 
Cole & Snyder 
Edna Torrence Co 
(One lo nil) 
AKRON 

Loew's (8) 
A & G Falls 
T & A Waldman 
Toney & Norman 
Belle Baker 
A Pritcliurd & Boy.": 

ATLANTA 

Grand (8) 
Bernard & Towncs 
Perry & Corwey 
I^ang & Haley 
Carl Shaw Co 
(One to nil) 
BALTmOBE 

lM<rir'H (R) 
Calijarl Bros 
Serge Flash 
Ken Whlimer 
(Two to nil) 
BAY KIIKiE 
Loew's 
1st half (8-11) 
4 Karreys 
Mac Francia 
Sealtlel 

Seymour P & M 
tOne to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
J & B Cavanaugh 
Dora Early Co 
C Emmy's Mad W 
Klein Bros 
Topnotchers 

BOSTON 
Orplienm (8) . 
D Harris & V L 
(Others lo nil) 
CANTON 
Loew'a 
iBt half (8-11) 
Les Ghezzis 
Koye & Sayre 
Dodd' & Rush 
(One to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
"Dresden, (jhina" 
(Others to nil) 
CLEVELAND 
Gmnndn (8) 
Runaway 4 ■ 
Teddy Joyce 
Helen McFarland 
Sally & Ted 
(One to nil) 
COLIIMBCS 
I>oew'8 (8) 
Lou Holtz 
Dolores E & D 
Pearl Twins 
(Trt'o to nil) 
CORONA, L. I. 
Pla74i 
1 st half (8-11) 



4 Uyesams 
John R Walsh C» 
B Arlington 'Co 
Mary Huynes Co 
B Morgan Co 
EVANSVILLK 

jMtW'H (8) 

George I>'Ormonde 
.lack North 
Deniarest Si Deland 
Hughie c;iurk (,'o 
(One to n'li 
lIOi;STON, AKX. 

Loew's .(8) 
Milady's Fan 
ii "l.'ke" lliMishaw 
(Three to nil) 
JAMAICA, I.. I. 

Valencia (8) 
RItz Bros 
I'aul Renins Ci> 
'.'Ihe l''!iyi' 
(Two to <»l) 
JKR-strV CITY 
liOew'N (8) 
Ted Claire 
Zelaya 

Nina Ogln^-l a 
Toiiini.' AlKlns C . 
Peg Bules 
'i'oin puim^r 
Katherlne l.K:wis 
KANSAS CITY 
Loew's («) 
Rd S: Lee Truvors 
Harry Uo.sc 
Sidney's Prolickers 
(Two to nil) 
MEMPHIS, TENN. 

Stote (H) 
r.orrainc & ■Minio 
Kd Ford & Whilcy 
Ann CjJJee Co . . 
V Itatliburn Co 
(One tc fill) 

MONTREAL 

I.««w's (8) 
E & J Kooncy 
Dixie Hamilton 
Smith & Hurt 
Les Gelil^ 
Renny Bartcn Co 

NEWARK 

State (8) 
Zelda ■Bros 

;^}■bfnaon— a;?— Iilor.«s_ 
I.IUIan Shaw 
Cavl FreeTl Oich 
(One to nil I 
NEW (VKLEA\» 

S(.tte (8) 
\urora 3 
Bob No'son 
Johnny Berkes Co 
Meyers I. & R Rev 
(One to nil) 
NORFOIJk. VA. 

State (8) 
"P,ton Days'' 
(Others to nil) 
PITTSBl'U<iII 
Ijoew'R (8) 
Hungarla Tr 
Mllo 

Sam Krevoff 
Leon Navarra 
Carlyle Saxton 
RICH.nOND. VA. 

JLoew'9 (8) 
Vardell Bros 
Green & Blossom 
Billy Glason 
Living Jewels 
(One to nil) 

ROCHESTER 

lyoew's (8) 
PIcchlani Tr 
Morley Sis 
Arled & Bradtoid 
Billy Dooley 
Bon Jon Girls 

SYBACrSK 

I/Oew's (8) 
G Lucky Boys 
Harry Kahne 
Eddie Conrad 
Ralph Olson Co 
(One to mil 

TORONTO 

I,o««r'B (8) 
Chapelle & Carlton 
C & C Stroud 
Burke & Durkin 
Sam Hcarn 
Down Home 
WASHINGTON 

Loew's (8) 
Bobby Walthour 
Flo Mayo 
Trlxle Priganza 
Davey White 
Prosper & Maret 
Jean Spence 
WOODHA'EN, L, 1. 
WiUard 
Ist half (8-11) 
J & B Cavanuugh 
Jue Pong 

C Emmy'B Mad W 
G Smith & Buddies 
(One to nil) 

2d halt (12-14) 
Maximo 
3 Tiffany Boys 
Edgar Bergen Co 
Plynn & Mack 
Kitchen Pirates 
YO^^vEB.S, N. Y.. 
Yonkers 

1st half (8-11) 
Olvera Bros 
Ryan Sis 
Nat C Haines Co 
T.ane & Harper 
(One to nil) 



Lamont 4 
Siamese Twins 
Norman Thomas t 
(Two to mi) 

2d half (3-7) 
Gene Costello & G 
Em Tiba 
Odette Myrtle 
Jim McAVIlliama 
Glad Rags 

C8th Street 

1st half (S-U) 
Hollywood C'ol 
Eddie Wilson 
Big Boy 
(Two t.i nil) 

2d halt (12-14) 
Ada Brown 
Carl Freed Co 
Freddie Stritt 
Roxy's Gang 
(One to nil) 

2d half (5-7) 
The Lo.'lcfords 
Jean T,aCrossc 
H Miller & J Velle 
L Rich * Friends 
Forillinni 

1st half (8-11) 
C Bennington 
Ada Brown 
White * Manning 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (12-14) 
The 6 li'ranklins 
A & M Havel 



Mascagno 4 
P Sydell & Spottr 
C Whoopee 'Rev 
Sylvia Clark 
C Bennington Bd 
Royal 

Ist halt (S-11) 
Moore & Revel 
Dan Coleman 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Monte & Carmo 
Geo Broadhiirst 
Sinclair & Clark 
C:hain & Conroy 
Sierak's Mysteries 

2d halt (5-7) 
4 Jacks & GIrlle 
Pearson Bros 
Kenny '& (ireen 
A Close Shave 
Barry & AVhltledgc 
Echoes of Desert 
BROOKLYN 
Albee («) 
L Osborne & Chicko 
I'aul Sydell 
Al K Hall 
Glad Rags 
Sylvia Clark 
4 Camerons 
.T Thomas Saxotette 
Pronk Ilevoe 
(li 

J Rankin * B Bells 
Rnynor I,ehr Co 



IN ' 

EARL CARROLL'S 

"SKETCH BOOK" 

44TH ST. THEATRE 

GRACE DU FAYE 

Dir. LEDDY & SMITH 



Brennan * Rogers 
Vniverslly Boys Bd 
(One to fill) 

2d half (5-7) 
Honey Tr 

(Irnpa lliirn 



Blossori-i f^cfley 
JImmj- fcfnvo • 
Gorden of Roses 
Frnnkllii 

1st half <.S-11) 
Gertrude Barnes . 
Orlndell & Esiher 
Bob Emerson 
CrandcU's Circus 
(One to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Tenkal .& Okinu 
Green Si.i 
Ott Jlorgan Co 
Sydney Stone 
McCarthy & S 
L Benstead Co 

2d halt (0-7) 
Excelsio Duo 
Fynan & Doris 
Earl Mount.-'in Co 
Armstrong & G 
Lewis Mack Co 
Freeman R & M 
Grace Wiley Co 
Hamilton 

1st halt (8-11) 
Trovato 

Angus & Seurle 

Barry 'Whltledge 

(Two lo nil) 

. 2d half (12-14) 

J Moore & B Revel 

Beth Chalis 

J & K Spangler 

Ned NorwortU 

Eno Tr 

2d halt (5-7) 
Polar Pastimes 
Gene Greene 
Pat Eooney Rev 
(Two to nil) 

Hippodrome (8) 
Maryland Col 
Eileen & Marjorle 
Tom McAullfte 
Marie De Coma 
Corbett & O'Brien 
Mascagana 4 
(1) 

Murand & Girton 
Patricola 
Jim the Bear 
Danny Small 
Bayes & Speck 
L Osborne & Chicko 
JelTerson 

1st halt (8-11) 
Liazeed Demnatl Tr 
Kudell & Dunnlgan 
Lewis Mack Co 
Bayes & S^eck 
Garden of Roses 

2d half (12-14) 
Vic Honey~Tr 
Wm Ebbs 
Angus &. Searle 
Stan Kavanaugh 
Racooners 
Clifford & Marlon 
Honey Tr 

2d half (6-7) 
Del Ortos 
Ashley Paige 
Jack Janin Co 
Corlnne Tllton 
Lights &- Shadows 
Corbett & O'Brien 
W Craven & Le Boy 



TUESDAYS 
HOTEL 
MANHATTAN 

159 



JACK L. UPSHUTZ 

'N^isfV?RV' TAILOR, 908 Walnut St., Phila. 



Winifred & Mills 
(One to mi) 
Orplieum 

1st half (8-11) 
Gobs of Joy 
(Others lo nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Le Grohs 
Kelly .Tacks'm Co 
Joe Darcey Co 
Pronk Masters Co 
(One to nil) 

Poxudise (8) 
Ilernian Timberg 
Saininy Timberg 
Barbara Blair 
Leo Chalzcl 
(One to f.ll) 

Slate (8) 
C Davlllos 
McLallcn & Sarah 
Leduva 

Aleximd,-la O Co 
(One to nil) 
Victoria 

Isl half (8-11) 
Air Loyal's llogs 
". Tlftany Boy." 
)1ronsi'n A (Jardncr 
Jock McKay 
Garden of Roses 

2a halt (12-14) 
G liucky Boys 
Myra Langtord 
Joyner ifc Poster 
.\bboil & Blslaiut Co 
(One to nil) 
BROOKLYN 
Bedford 

1st halt (.S-ll) 
S l.ucky Boys 
2 I'.Ui.sHi iii« 
Mavn K- l.> nii 
Wells 1 Pais 



I,cs .Tardys 
Russell & Marconi 
John Hui^glns Co 
Emil Boreo 
Edna Torrence Co 
2d half (12-14) 



2d halt (12-14) 
Parker & Mack 
Margaret Merle 
Howard Smith Co 
Watson Sis 
Mammy & Her P 




NEW YORK CITY 
Chester 

1st halt (S-11) 
ivikuta Jnps 
Rudell & Dunnegun 
r.Vimin Thom.xs 0 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (12-14) 
Hollywood Col 
B & 3 Crelghton 
Eddie Wilson Co 
Barry & Whltledge 
Biff Bo.v 

2d half (.I--) 
Burns Stokes & I. B 
Lcvan & Boles 
,T Tmomos' .Saxo 
I'lddic llaulcy Co 
Ltdova 

CollKeum 
1st halt (S-11) 

Wilson Kepiilc A. li 

Stan Ka\nnaugh 

A & M Havel 

(Two to mi) 
2d halt (12-14) 

F Uichardson Orch 

Roth * Shay 

A lira liiU'iis 

.liinniy Saiu 



(One to mi) 

2d half (5-T) 
The Deloregoes 
Don Cummlngs 
Hamilton Sis * F 
Brennan & Rogers 
Siamese Twins ifc Or 
81st Street 

1st halt (3-1 i) 
Houston Ray Bd 
Roth & Shay 
C Randall & \- W 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (12-11) 
Smith Ac Had ley 
Count Bcrni ■V'iui 
(Three to fiill 

2d halt (5-7 1 
Schepp'a (;iri'us 
Don Galvin 
A & M Havel 
Walter AYaltcrs Co 
Norman Thi,;ii!i.- r. 
8fith .Street 

lat h-alt (S-li)' 
V Richardson 
Ea'rl Faber 
Hlossom .Seeley Cn 
(Two to nil) 

2d ha'.r (l-M I) 



l?5th St. 

Ist half (8-11) 
6 Lelands . 
Colbrun & Lake 
Chester & Devere 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Stamm & Walton 
Boy Scouts 
(Three to n.l) 

2d half (5-7) 
A & D Clay Sis 
Dee.-Hp-Grny 
5 Harmt^iiiacs 
(Two to mi) 

Pulace (H) 
Carrie A Kddy 
Don Cunuhlngs 
Henry Bergman 
Brady & Wells 
C Whoopee Rev 
Michon Bros 
Jim McWiUlonis 
MInncvltch Co 
(1) 

Liazeed Arabs 
Kwlng Putiin 
White A Mannin 
Clirtord & Mario 
H Santrey Ore, 
T Sunshine Girls 
.loe Mendl 
T Healy & Racket 
Riverside 

Ist halt (S-11) 
Hill Billies 
Cardini 
.llnimy Savo 
(Two to mil 

2d halt (12-14) 
Rudell & Dunnegan 
Olivette & Hoys 
(Three to nil) 

2a halt (3-7) 



Slim TIniblin 
Fanny Brico 
Dixie Days 

Buslnvlck 
1st halt (8-11) 

\riii-<nrt Xr G i r t" n 



More & Francis 
Kane & Ellis 
Patricola 

Clifford AVayne C 

2d halt (12^11) 
Briscoe Ki Waters 
Raymond Bond Co 
Ooss & Burrows 
Bayes & S^cck 
(One to nTTj 

2d half (0-7) 
Prosinl's ^^elodianK 
MowQtt Tlardy 
Angus &• Serle 
Will J Ward • 
Reynolds & White 
M Wlrth & l''umlly 
Keninore 

1st half (8-11) 
Smith & Hadley 
J & K Spangler 
Roy Rogers 
W Osborne & Orch 
(One to . nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Houston Ray Co 
Van Sz Schenck 
(Three to nil) 

2d halt (5-7) 
LaBcHe Pola 
Johnny Downs 
Maryland Col 
Harris S- Radcllffe 
Flowers of Sovllle 
Madison 

1st half (8-11) 
Schepp's Circus 
Don Galvin 
Dillon & Parker 
Fanny Brice 
The 6 Franklins 

2d halt (12-14) 
Murand & Girton 
C Bennington Bd 
Earl Faber Co 
BloDBom Seeley 
(One to nil) . 

2d halt (5-7) 
Jack Hayes Rev 
Devito & Denny 
Ike Rose's Midgets 
(Two to nil) 
Prospect 

1st half (8-11) 
Jack Hughes Duo 
McCarthy & S 
Ott Morgan Co 
Barnes Smythe 
Buck & Bubbles 
Goss & Barrows 

2d halt (12-14) 
Alice Deyo Co 
John Green Co 
Grindell & Esther 
Bob Emerson 
Crandell's Circus 

2d halt (5-7) 
Brono Welse 3 
Mrs Jimmy Savo 
Miller & Goodrich 
Zangar 
Kane Ellis 
AKRON 
Palace (8) 
6 Marlnelll Girls 
Maker & Bedford 
Pollack Sz Dunn 
Wilton & Weber 
(One lo nil) 
(1) 

Harriman; S ft 1j 
Ryan & Noblelte 
C. Vincent Co 
Wendall Hall 
.Mljares 

ALBANY 
Proctor's (8) 
Francois Densmore 
Moro ife Francis 
Paris Fashions 
Flo Lewis 
Rolssman's Ala 
(1) 

Harriet Nawrot Co 
H Foster Welch 
Grace Nile Co 
Buck & Bubbles 
Woodland Rev 
BO.STON 
Kelth-Albee (8) 
J Rankin & B Bel'.i 
Raynor I,elir . ■ 
Chas Slim Tlmblln 
Dixie Days 
(One to mi) 
(1) 

Cardini 

Marie DeComba 
Rlcardo Cortez Co 
Savoy & Mann 
Luster Bros 

BIi>TALO 
HlpiKidrome (8) 
Jean Carr 

obby Mac ' 
-Mildred Hunt 
Fred Leightner 
Billy HoiiHC Co 

(1) 
4 Phillips 
4 

Snyder 
Evanb it Mayer 
The ranslnos 
CIUCA(K> 
Puluce (1) 
Love In the Rntil.s 
Miller * Wilson 
Roger ImhoIT 
Bob Albright 
MarUert Girls 
Prances Arivis 
Phil Baker 



Bonomo 

Stixte-Lnke (t) 

Maxine & Bobby 
Pat Dalley Co 
Summers & Hunt 
Rae Samuels 
Morris & Campbell 
CINCINNATI 
Albee (8) 
Enos Prazcre 
Coscla & Verdi 
C Vincent (,"o 
K (!arroll & Lewis 
H Carroll Revuettes 
(1) • 

Win Higgle & Girls 

Millard & Marlm. 

Polliiclv & Dunn 

Joe I..aurle 

Geo K Arthur Co 
t'LEVELAND 
lOStli St. (8) 

2 Daveys 



Lubin Laurie a- a 

A & J Corel I i 
NEWARK 
Palace (8> 

La Belle - Pol.a 
Johnny Downs 
Major Mite 
Harris & Jtaiiil.rie 
Flowers of Sc\ii.,. 
(1) 

Wilson Kc|i|ilc n 
Norman JMiillii s .Ir 
Brady & AVcI'm 
Clayton .r \- |i 
(One to mil 
NEW ROCnm.I.K 
Keith's 
Isl half (li-1 ] I 
Walsh &. Ellis 
Wm Desniiihd co 
J Marvin * Bros 
Jack Hayes Co . 
(One to mi) 



HOWARD SLOAT^ 

BONDS FOR INVESTMENT 

A. 8 Leach & Co.. Inc. 57 William SI., N. V! 



Love In the Ranks 
Summers it Hunt 
Roger IinTioft 
(One to mil 
(1) 

G Marlnelll Girls 
George Beatty 
Lt Gltz Rice Co 
(Two to nil) 

Palace (8) 
Will Illggie 
Millard & Marlln 
Esther Ruleton Co 
Morris & Canipbell 
Pelovis 

(I) 

Ray Ellis & La Rue 
Boyd Senter 
Tiny Town Rev 
Harry Delt 
MIclion Bros 

DENVER 
Orphruni (8) . 
Dance Pables 
Hal Neinian 
Ray it Harrison 



i^erl— S^- lv c .Ht cr . ■ 
(Goo to 'flU) . . 
(11 

Odds and Ends 
Sidney Marion 
(Three to mi) 
FLI SHIN<i 
Keith's 

1st half (8-11) 
Honey Tr 
Clifford * Marion 
Carl Freed Orch 
(Two to mil 

2d half (12-14) 
Dillon & Parker 
Fanny Hrlce 
Joe Mandls 3 
(Two to mi) 

2d halt (5-7) 
F Richardson Orch 
Leslie Strange 
Al K Hall Co 
Stan Kavanaugh 
Randall & Watson 

JERSEY CITY 
State 

1st halt (8-11) ■ 
4 Jacks & Girlie 
Chain & Conroy 
Geo Broad hurst 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt (12-14) 
Clifford Wayne 
Moro Sz Francis 
Patricola 
Merricana 
(One to nil 

2d halt (5-7i 
Ooss & Barrows 
Johnny Hyman 
(Three to nil) 
"KANSAS CTTT 

Malnstreet (8) 
La Salle & Mack 
Blood & Thunder 
Plorrle Le Vere Co 
Chamberlln & II 
C Brown Bros 
(1) 

C Blo.ssom & June 
Bin Tin Tin 
Leavltl fz Lockwood 
(Two to nil) 
LOS ANGEI.ES 
lUIIstreet (8) 
3 Alexander Girls 
Ken Christy Co 
Healy & Cross . 
Block Sz Sully 
Howard's Ponies 
(11 

P Oukralnsky Bal 
Nash & Pately 
W & J Mandell 
Owen McGlvney 
The Wager 

McKEESPORT. 

Keith's 
Ist halt (8-11) 
Galtes &■ Claire 
Jimmy Lucas Co 
Ups Sz Downs 
Brian McDonald 
(One to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Pearson Bros 
Foley Sz r.nlour 
(Three to fill) 

2d half (C-7) 
Grauman Hess & V 
(Others to nil) 
•MINNEAPOLIS 
Orpheuin (8) 
P Sz J Hubert 
Bob Albright 
Blackstone 
(Two to nil) 
(1) 

Heras & Wallace 

Orvllle Stamm & G 

Weaver Bros 

Home Polks 

(One to nil) 

.MONTREAL 
Imperial (8) 

Boyd & Wallen 

.llmmy AUard Co 

.Marie Marlow 

Songs & Steps 



2d halt (12-14) 
Buck & Buhbles 
KIkuta Japs 
(Three to 1111) 

2d half (;..") 
Kitchen Pirn it- 
Lynn Cantor 
Bert Walton 
H Bergman Co 
(One to nil) 

OAKLAND 
Orpheuin (8) 
Lee Twins 
Galla RIni & Sis 
Medley & Duprey 
Jack Pepper 
(One to mil 
(1) 

Alexander Glils 
Ken Christy 
Healy & Cmsa 
Block & Sully 
Howarcfs Ponies 
O.MAH.A 
Orpheiim (8) 
Odds & Ends 
■Pkhiey-T-*lfli'l<»n- 



(Threo to.JlU). ; . 
(IV 

Tillis * l.a Riio 
F & J Hubert 
Rae Saiiiu'-ls 
Eddie Pardo Co 
Beehee Sz Rubyalta 
OTTAW.V 
Keith's (8) 
Sawyer & Eddie 
Willie Solar 
Geo Andre Co 
(Two to nil I 
dl 

Paris Fashions 
Wally & Zcllcr 
Chlsholm &■ Bi cf n 
Chamberlain & Earl 
DeLong Renurd Uev 
P.ATEKSON 
Keith's 

1st half (8-11) 
Bruno Weiss :; 
Sidney Page Sr. P 
Jack Janis Co' 
Corlnne Tilloii 
Siamese Twins 

2d half (12-14) 
Hill Billies 
Brown Sz Carron Sis 
W Walters Co 
RKO Discoveries 
(One to nil). 

2d half (5-7) 
Zelda Bros 
The Foys 
Esther Ralston 
Robey & Herbert 
F D'Armour Co 

PITTSBUIMiH 
Harris (8) 
Ross Sz CostoHo 
L Raymond Hale'- 
Vlctorgratf 
(Two to nil) 
(1) 

Llta Campus 

Hughes & Lang 

(Three to nil) 
PORTL\Nn) 
Orplieum (8) 

Great. Rollc 

Walter Dare Wahl 

Vox & Wallers 

4 Diamonds 

(One to nil) 
(1) 

C American Bciforils 
Howard & Newton 
Teck Murdock Co 
Bill Robinson 
(One to mi) 

PROVlDEN4'E 
Kelth-Albee (8) 
Luster Bros- 
Grace Doro 
Rlcardo Cortez Co 
Savoy Sz Mann 
Freddy Ross Co 
(1) 

Joe Mandls 3 
Carmella Ponscllc 
J & K Spangler 
Glenn & Jenkins 
Harrison & Dakin 
OI'EBFX; 

Auditorium 
1st half (8-11) 
Wally & Zeller 
Chamberlain & Earl 
Delong Renard Rev 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (5-7) 
Boyd & Wallen 
Everett & S 
Roy Rogers 
Geo Andree Co 
(One to nil) 
ROCHESTF.1l 

Palace (8) 
Albertlna Raacli B 
Little .Tack. LlltU- 
Williams * Delancy 
Mijares 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Zastro While Co ■ 
Sargent Sz Conimio 



OFFICIAL DENTIST TO THE N. V. A. 

DR. JULIAN SIEGEL 

ISeO BROADW.AV 
This Week: Wm. Morris, Chas. .Alien, 
l/ouis Sliurr, Harry Ronini 



(One to nil 1 
(I) 
I, anient 4 
Ernest Hiall 
Roxy'H Gang 
Al & P Stedniaii 
((;ne to nil) 

MT. VKRNO.N 
Keith's 

Ist half (8-J 1 I 
.Ashley Paige 
KreciiKin R &■ .VI 
Pat Rooney P.ev 
(Two lo nU) 

2d half (12-U) 
» Lelands 
II P Welch 
J C Mack 
.Tones Sz Ilea 
Jack Ha>es Co 

2d h.alt (5-7) 
Hill liilllcs 
Eanionde &• Grant 
Alma Reubens 



Solly AVard Co 
D'rank Goby 
4 Camerons 
SALT T,.\KK CITY 

Orplieum (8) 
Oaynor * Byron 
I-'ulton I'nrkci 
Olsen Sz Johnsi" 
(Two to m'» 
(1) 

Dance Paldcs 
Hal Ncinian 
Ruby Norton 
Ray it Harrison 
Pred Svlvesler 

s.-\N i)ii-:<io 

Orpheuin (8) 

r Oukralii.'-Uy Hal 
Nash * l-'ately 
VV & .1 .Maiiilcll 
Owen Mc(>ivnc;' 
The AVag'-r 
( I I 

The I>i GaliinoJ 



Wednesday, March 5, 193C 



VARIETY 



49 



Btuart & Laali 
Tlie Cavaliers 
cTwo to nil) 
SAN FB/iNClSCO 
tioldcn Unte (8) 

nniio Bros 
M & A Skelly 
Bcott Sanders 
ppplto 
lOne to nil) 
(1) 

I.oe Twins 
Siiooner Junior 
MeJIcy & Duprey 
Jack Pepper 
<()no ro fill) ■ 
SrilENECTADlf 
Keith's 

lat hnir (8-11) 
Slicldon Heft & L 
i:lcnn & Jenkins 
(Three to ftll) 

:d halt (12-14) 
B & M Dupont 
Sunshine Girls 
(Three to fill) 

:;d Ijalf (5-7) 
4 Sidneys 
'J'om McAulift 
Csrrle Eddie 
I Two to nil) 

Orplieum (8) . 

Arthur I'etley Co 
Gold & Raye 
Tvinpest & Sunshine 



?d half (5-7) 
Mijrdook & Ma°yo 
Frank X SllU 
Hey Day of Touth 
Ruddcll & Uunnl(;an 
(Ono to nil) 
TROy 
Troctor'u 

1st half (8-11) 

& .M niipont 
Sunshliie Girls 
(Three to 1111) 

2d half (12-14) 
Anatole Vriedlund R 
(Others to nil) 

2d half (5-7) 
3V& Arlcys 
Moro & Krancls 
Barbler SIninis 
Flo Lewis 
BonKS c& Stops 
UNION IIILT. 
Cnpltol 

Ist half (8-11) 
Dcade Morris 3 
Devlto Denny Co 
O'Dlva Seals- 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Huston Ray 
Rao Samuels 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (5-7) 
Grace Wiley 
Cora Green Co 
Abe Reynolds Co 



EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED 
GARMENTS FOR GENTLEMEN 



BEN ROCK 



1632 B'way. at 60th St.. N. V Cit> 



Sol Gould 
(One to nil) 
(I) 

Mme 3 
.^dela Verne 
Bob Hope 
AVobb's Bntertaln's 
(One to nil) 

SPOKANE 
Orplicum (8) 
Tho Kilnjuunfls 



■Post-er,-- Fagan . & G 

Danny Duncan Co 

Kfn Murray & 
The Charlestons 
(1) 

6 Galenos 

rhesleleh & Glbbs 

Tinova & Balkoff 

A I Trahan 

(One to fill) 
ST. ILOCIS 
Keith's (8) 

C Blossom & June 

Honey Boys 

RIn Tin Tin 

Ijeavltt & Ijockwood 

(One to nil) 
(1) 

Prabelle's Frolics 
Tales & Lawley 
Keane & Whitney 
Josephine Harmon 
Ray Hills & Xta. Rue 
ST. PAUL 
Orpheum (8) 
■ Heras & Wallace 
O Stamm & Girls . 
Weaver Bros 
Home Folks 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Frabelle's Frolics 

Manny Kingr Co 

Nan Halpcrln 

Burns & Allen 

(Ono to nil) 

SyRACUSE 
Keith's (8) 

Cora Green 

Solly Ward Co 

Frank Gaby 

I.t Gltz Rice 

(One to nil) 
(1) 

Zastrp White Co 
Lytell & Fant 
Mttle Jack Little . 
Williams & Delaney 
P Densmore Co 

TACOMA 
RKO PnriiaKes (8) 
1^1 mo 3 
Adela Verne 
Bob Hope 

Webb's Bntertaln's 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Great Rolle 
Walter Dare Wahl 
Vox & Walters 
4 Diamonds 
(One to nil) 

TORONTO 
HipiMdroiue (8) 
4 Phillips 
Dixie 4 
Bozo Snyder 
Kvans & Mayer 
The Canslnos 
(1) 

Sawyer & Eddy 
Marie Marlow 
Jimmy Allard Co 
Marty May 
12 O'clock Rev 
TRENTON 
Capitol 
1st half (8-11) 
Murand & Glrton 
H F Welch 
(■Jo-Eds 

Cardiff & Wales 
(One to nil) 
2d half (12-14) 



Co- 



Wilson Bros 
Rolssman's Ala'Ians 

UTICA 

Onyety 

1st half (8-11) 
Cook & Oatman 
Barbler Slmins Co 
Reynolds & White 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (12-14) 
-Sin?ldgn II &f-t-&-] 
tilenn ' & JeHklns' 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (5-7) 
Co-Eds 
Willie Solar 
(Three to nil) 

VANCOUVER 
Orpheum (8) 

6 Galenos 
Cheslelgh & Glbbs 
Tinova & Balkoff 
Al Trahan 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Arthur Pctley 
Gold & Raye 
Tempest & Sunshine 
Sol Gould 
(One to nil) 

WIHTE PLAINS 
KtUb'a 
1st half (8-11) 
Ada Kaufman Girls 
A & D Clay Sis 
Johnny Hyman 
Peter HIgglns 
(One to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
Ada Kaufman Girls 
Carlos Comedy Clr 
FItz & WItz 
Peter Hlgglns 
(One to nil) 

2d half (5-7) 
Ada Kaufman (3lrlB 
AUeen & Marjorle 
Major Mite 
Besser & Balfour 
Peter Hlgglns ' 

W1NNIPE43 
Capitol (8) 

Frabell's Frolics 
Manny King Co 
r^an Halperln 
Burns & Allen 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Lomas Company 
Tyler Mason 
Natacha Nattova 
Sully & Thomas 
(One to nil) 

TONKERS 
Keith'R 

1st half (8-11) 
Norton & Brewer 
Alma Reubens Co 
The Foys 
RICO Discoveries 
(One to nil) 

2d half (12-14) 
4 Jacks & Girlie 
Freeman R & M 
Wm Desmond Co 
Corlnne Tllton 
FranclU 

2d half (5-7) 
Crystal 3 

Desmond Earl Co 
Will Osborne Orch 
Chpin & Conroy 
Modern Cinderella 
TOUNG9TOWN 
Keith's (8) 
Harriman S & ti 
George Beatty 
Tiny Town Rev 
Conlin & Glass 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Jean Carr 



FISHER and GILMORE 

REEVES A LAMPORT 
LONDON 



Llazced Demnati Tr 
The Foys 
Jack Janis Co 
(Two to fill) 


Bobby Mae 
Billy House Co 
Wilton & Weber 
(One to nil) 


Fanchon & Marco 



ATLANTA. GA. 
Fox (7) 
"Gardens'- Tdea 
Slate Bros 
.Mdffa A Mae 
Vina Zolle 
<'Uff Nazarro 
UKinGKP'RT. CT. 

Palure (8) 
"Kisses" Idea 
J & J MoKenna 
Win Cowan 
10 Plat 4 
Helen Aubrey 
>'able * Marcla 
Mlf/.l Viiyfalr 
Wnllen &. Barnes 
Dave Hacker 
ItROOKLYN 
Fox (7) 
"foluiiins" Idea 
Homo &- Gnut 
Nilos Marsh 
Hilly Holls 
Ahixinu K\(;l>n 



Dorothy Henley 
BUFFALO, N. Y. 
Lafayette (7) 

"In Green" Idea 
Born & Lawrence 
Mornn Sc. Weston 
Franklyn Record 
Way Watts & A 
Doris Nlerly 
BUTTE, MONT. 
Fox (5) 

"Ivory" Idea 
4 High Haliers 
Hy Meyer 
Betty Lou Webb 
Pebby Carse 
Goetz & Duffy 

DENVER. COI>. 
Tabor Grand (G) 

'Hot Dominoes' Id 
Lfs Klloks 
Paul Mall 
Di-.xler Wcbh & D 



DETROIT, MICU. 
Fox (6) 

'Jazz Temple" Idea 

Wally Jacksun 

Sylvia Dirree 

.Nora Sohlller 

(Jus KImore 

Temple Beauties 
FRESNO 
WIlNon 
iBt nult (i;-l) 

"Sunsliinc" Idea 

Ualley &. Barnum 

Arllne Longan 

Norman .Selby 

Vlnoe Silk 

Richard Wally 

Kenny Creel 

Mary Lou 

G'T FALLS, WSH. 
Grand (!S) 

"International" Id 

Markell & Faun 

Fedcrico Flores 

Mignon Laird 

Billy Carr 

Osaka Boys 

UARTVORD, CT. 
Capitol (8) 

"Accordion" Idea 

Burt' & Lehman 

Theo & Ratya 

Nat Specter 

Mary Price 

Arnold Ilartman 
MOLLVU'OOD 
F.g}-ptlan (8) 

"Marb!e" Idea 

The Harris 3 

Praiicla 

Molandln & Brig 
Klobell"; & Charlie 
Georgcne & Henry 
H B Mathews 
I^NO BEACH 
West Const (6) 
"Skirts" Idea 
Neal Cnstagnoll ■ 
Up in the Air Girls 
Ruth Silvers 
(Others to nil) 
MIAMI, OKLA. 
Colcmnn (7) 
'Sc'nI'd Melodies' 
Karavaeoft 
LambertI 
David Reece 
Sherry Louise 
Franklin & Warner 
J & B Wejling 
Lucille Tverson 
Bverets & Lowry 

- — WKEE,...wiiJ rr 

Wisconsin (0) ' 
'Lot's Pretend' Id 
Tlllyou & Rogers 
Florence Forman 
Ed Cheney 
.TImmy Hadreas 
George Green 
Rita Lane 
NEW HAVEN, CT. 

Palace (8) 
"Types" Idea 
Trado 2 

Carlena Diamond 
Harold Stanton 
NL4GAKA FALLS 
Strand 

1st half (8-11) 
"Baby Songs" Id 
Penny Pennington 
Rose Valyda 
Pearl HofC 
Alene & Evans 
OAKLAND 
Fox (6) 
"Troes" Idea 
Naynon's Birds 
Levlne & Relcard 
Mavis S: Ted 
Esther Campbell 
PORTLAND, ORE. 

Broadway (6) 
'Manila Bound' Id 
H & P Seaman 
Romero Family 
Stella Royal 
Samuel Lopez 

SACRA.MENTO 
Fox (6) 
Peasant Idea 
June Worth 



Johnson & Ducker 
DIehl Sis 

General Ed Levlne 
Belcher Dancers 
SALEM, ORE. 
Elsinore (0) 
"Manila Bound" 
H & F Seaman 
Romero l'''amlly 
StPlla Hciyai 
Samuel Lopez 

S.\N FRANCISCO 
Fo\ (7) 
"Eyes" Idea 
C^andrcvu Bros 
Don Carroll 
Paul OlSfn 
B & E Burroff 
Keo Tokl ^ Tok) 
SAN JOSE 
California 
2d half (9-12) 
".Sunshine" Idea 
Bailey & Barnum 
Arllne Langan 
Norman Selby 
VInce Silk 
Richard Wally 
Kenny Creel 
Mary Lou 

SEATTLE, W.ASU. 
Fifth Ave. (Q) 

"Overtures" Idea 
Edison. & Gregory 
Toots -No voile 
Louise Manning 
Hurt & Huff 
Helen Hllle 
SPR'G'F'D, MASF. 

Palare (8) 
'Art In Taps' Ideci 
Myrtle Gordon 
Rodney & Gould 
Al & Hal 
Johnny Plank 
Jeanne McDonald 
Eddie Lewis 
Brown & WlUa, 
SPOKANE, W'SH. 

American (5) 
"Desert" Idea 
E & M Beck 
Muriel btryker 
Cropley £ Violet 
Carla Torncy Girls 
8T. IX>UIS, MO 
For (6) 
"Uniform?" Idea 
Armand & Perez 
Ruth Hamilton 
Joy Bros 
snor*. J(i..ja.0.(ii « , ■ 
TULSA, OKliA. 
Orpheum (7) 
'Jazz Cinderella' : 
Mae Usher 
Roy Rogers 
Pauline Alport 
James Gaylord 
Billy Randall 
Albert Hugo 
Adair & Stewart 
UTICA, N. Y. 

Gayety 
2d half (12-14) 
"Baby Songs" Idea 
Penny Pennington 
Rose Valyda 
Pearl Hoff 
Alene & Evans 
W'SHINOT'N, D. C 

Fox (6) 
'Hollywood Girls" 
3 Gobs 
Chas Rozelle 
Lorrls & Fermlne 
MUes & Perlee 
John Vale 
WATERB'RT, CT. 

Palace (9) 
Drapes Idea 
Frank Melino Co 
Jerome Mann 
Dorothy . ICelly 
W'RC'ST'B. MASS 

Palace (8) 
"Far East" Idea 
Prank Stever 
Helen Pachaud 
M San ami Co 
Ruth Kadamatsn 
Joan Hardcastle 



AssociatioD 



C'D'R RAPII>S, lA, 
loM-a 
lat halt (O-II) 
fntern'l Rhythm 
Sherman & MacV 
Curley Burns Co 
(Two to nil) 

2d ha:f (12-15) 
Kelso Bros U 
(Others to nil) 
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 
Orpheum 
1st half (7-9) 
Lonesome Club 
Eltlnge & Vernon 
(One to nil) 
CHICAGO, ILL. 

Englewuod 
1st half. (9-11) 
Francis Renault 
This & That Rev 
5^06 Dyac Co 
(Two to nil) 

2d half ()2-t6) 
Les Kcliors 
Sid Lewis 
Zof. Dyac Co 
(Two to All; 
DAVENPORT, I A. 
Capitol 
1st half (3-11) 
Tales & Lawley 
O'Nell & Manners 
Jo9 FroPd Co 

2d'hair (12-15) 
WLS Show Boat 
(Two to nil) 
DES MOINES, lA. 
Orpheum 
1st half (9-11) 
Kelso Bros U 
(Two tr nir, 

2d halt (12-15) 
Hi'nlon T»roj 
Hall & Plllnrd 
Irene Vfrnillllon Co 
DETR(»lr, .MICH. 
Hollywood 
1st h.Tif (9-12) 
Jack Wilson Co 
(Two to fill) 

rd l-att (13-ir.) 
Joe Christy Co 
Stanley Rollickcrs 
(One to ftll) 

Oriental (7) 
Danceland Ltd 
Foster &■ Peggy 
Viola Dana (;o 
Ben Tahar Tr 
(One to fill) 
Dl BfOUE, lA. 
Spcnsloy 
. 1st half (9-11) 
ilanlon Bros 
Marveltone 
(One to (111) 
EV'NSVIH-E. IND. 
I-oew's 
2d hair (13-15) 
Rpxola Bros 
Pressler &■ Klaiss 
Willard Slngley Co 
'Two to nil) 
FT. WAYNE, IND. 
Pulaoe 
Jst half (9-11) 
Yong King Tr 
Cowboy Revels 
(Thrfc to nil) 
2d hair il2-ir,) 



Angelina 
Lonsome Club 
Francis Renault 
6 Avalons 
(One to nil) 

C. RAPIDS, MICH. 
Krilh's 

Ist half (9-12) 
Harmonica Bd 
Bachelor's Romance 
(Three to nil) 

2d half (13-16) 
Marcus U 
(Others to nil) 

INTDINAP.. IND, 
Lyric (8) 

3 Melvlns 
Dell O'Ocll . 
Brems Pitz & M B 
Corey & ^rann 
(Ono to nil) 
LINCOLN, NEB. 

Stuart (10) 
Little PIplfax Co 
John Steel 
Danclntr Cadets 
LONDON. CAN. 

I^ew's 
Jst half (10-12) 
Val Harris 
J Burchlll & B 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-15) 
Marlon Wllklns Co 
(Two to nil) 
MADISON, WIS. 
Orplieum 
1st half (9-in 
Oolf Fiends 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (12-15) 
Evans & Wolf 
.N'ancy Glbbs Co 
Teller Sis 
MEMPHIS, TENN. 

Orphf-nm (8) 
Max & His Gang 
Tho Rangers 
Johns & Mabl«y 
Mildred Melrose 
fOne to fill) 
MILWA'KKE, WIS. 

Rirerside (8) 
R Burgess Gould 
Morris & Shaw 
(Jlrard's Ensemble 
(Two to nil) 
NASH'LLE, TENN. 

Princess (8) 
H Geraldlne & V 
Vic Oliver 
Princeton & Rencc 
J Knceland & M 
(One to fill) 
ROCKFORD. ILL. 
Palace 
1st hair (9-11) 
Tellfr Sis: 
Nancy Glbbs Co 
Sid Le%vls 
Homer Romalne 
(One to fill) 

2d half (12-15) 
Chinese Show -Boat 
(Two to nil) 
SIOUX CITT, lA. 
Orpheom 
1st half (8-10) 
Irene Vrrnillilon Co 
UaM & }>ii:aid 



Bee lice & Rubyette 
(Two to fill) 

SO. BEND, IND. 
Palace 

1st half (9-11) 

H*>len Justa & C 
Chinese s-how Boat 
(Une to nil) 

2il half (12-15) 
(^owboy Revels 
Vates & Lawley 
Ilomor Romalne 
(Two to nil) 



VINCENNES, IND. 
I^intlteon (8) 

B Greonwell & Boys 
Monge Tr 
(One to fill) 
WINDSOR, CAN. 

Capitol 
1st half (10-12) 
Dault & I^marr- 
Marion Wllklns Co 
(One to 1)11) 

2d half (13-16) 
Val Harris 
J Burchlll & B 
(One to nil) 




ATLANTA 
Keith's (3) 

('oUeano Family 
Mall 1^ Ermlnle 
E Stanley & Gingers 
Jos Regan Co 
(Onv to nil) 

B1HMINUIL\M 
RItE (3) 
Ray Huling & Seal 
Carpenter & I 
Urltt Wood 
Lee Gall Ensemble 
(One to nil) 
CHARLOTTE 
Orpheum 
Carr Lynn 
Wheeler & Morton 
Tvxas Comedy 4 
T Monahan & Coeds 
(One to ftll) 

DALLAS, TEX. 
Mnjostic (6) 
KAHH'/.Hwa Japs 
Brookfi &■ Rush 
Piker D & M 
Jerome * Grey 
(One to nil) 
VT. WORTH, TEX. 

Majestic (6) 
llerum & Scarum 
Jack Major 
Rose & TJtiorne 
S of Minstrelsy 
(One to fill) 



HOUSTON, TKXi 
.Majestic (6) 

W Douglas Co 
Claudia Coleman 
E:ddle Dale Co 
Freda & Palace 
Folovis 
NEW ORI.EANS 

Orpheum (8) 
Falls Heading & B 
Loma. Worth 
I'rliurose Semon 
Herb Williams 
(One to ftll) 
OKLAHOMA CITV 

Orpheum (8) 
Lovejoy Dancers 
Clara Howard 

V & B Stanton 
The Drlants 
(One to ftll) 

SAN ANTONIO 
Majestic (8) 
Samaroft & Sonla 
Talont & Mi-rit 
Kramer & Boyle 
Palm Beach Girls 
(One to nil) 
TULSA, OKLA. 
Orpheum (3) 
Lovejoy Dancers 
Clara Howard 

V i B Stanton 
The Brij.nis 
(One to fill) 




JOLIET, ILL. 
RIalto 

1st half (10-12) 
Senna & Dean 
A Santos Co 
(One to nil) 

2d half (13-15) 
Monge Tr 
Harry Waiman & C 
(One to nil) 

PEORIA, ILL. 
Palace 

1st half (7-9) 



Jack BIrchlcy 
Jack Wilson Co 
Frances White Co 

W.AUKEGAN, ILL. 
Ceneeee 

Ist half (9-12) 
S.im LlnQeld Co 
(Two to Oil) 

2d half (13-16) 
All Girl Rev 
(Two to nil) 




NEW YORK 



Barney Gallant's 

B & M Johnston 
Elinor Kerr 
Cardell Twins 
Harry Stockwell 
Hale Beyer Orch 
Casiuiova 

Fred Keating 
Jack Buchanan 
Jerry Freedman Bd 

Club Udo 

Beatrice Lillle 
Bobby Brook Bd 

Rtchmnn 

Smith Bcllew Bd 
Ann Pennington 
Norma Terrls 
Harry Rlcbman 

OQnnic's Inn 

Swan & Lee 
Jazzllps Rlch'rdson 
Leonard Harper Rv 
Le Roy Smith Bd . 

Cotton Olob ' 

Dan Hcaly Rev 
•Blackbirds of 1930' 
Oakland's Terrace 
Buddy Kennedy 
Win Oakland Rev 
>Ielen Seville 
Ada Winston 
Peggy BoUon 
Kay Gre?n 



Joe Sloracy 
Rosalie Wynne 
Dot Crowley 
Shirley La Mar 
Lorctta ITlushlng 
Mildred Lorraine 
Landau's Bd 
Paramount Hotel 
DuVal 4 

Roy Ingraham' Bd 
Silver supper 

John Byani 
Olga Royce 
Estclle Phillips 
Arden Stuart 
Dolores Farris 
Beth Miller 
Vivian Hall 
Blanche & BlUoti 
Ruby Shaw 
Earnest Charles 
Small & Lewis 
Ford & Truly. 
Jimmy Carr & Bd 

Village N:it Club 

Lfiiile Dogloff 
Lu Bnlle Rose 
Ja(k Fagan 
3 Hauser Boys 
Allan Daly 
Mile FIfi 
Charlie O'Brien 
Jimmy Slsto 
Sid Frank 
Dave Abrain's Bd 



CHICAGO 



Alaham 

Tina Valcn 
Alrx Kerenoff 
Kittle Cohen 
Mary Thorn 
Dale Dyer 
Bernie Adier 
Al Handler Bd 

AmbnHsadcurs 
Esther Durnell 
Thelma Villard 
Louis Stover 
Isabelle Gerhardt 
Jimmy Noone Bd 

Beau Monde 
Eddie CI I (ford 
Myrtle Watson 
Margie Well man 
Kyle Pierce 
Carl Villani 
Sol Wagner Bd 

lllack Hawk 

Coon-.Sonders Bd 

Cinderella 
Hank Liskin Bd 
Coffee Dan 
Frank Shaw 
Johnny Tobin Bd 

College Inn 
Lloyd Huntley Bd 

Colosinio 
Al Halg 
Mile Verobell 
Emerleen 
Robert Robertson 
James Mco i3d 
Jean Jordon 

Cotton Club 
Teddy Peters 
Ethel Dudley 
Gilbert Hollaid 
firown & McOraw 
M«l Alix 

Walter Rarnes Bd 

Frolics 

Joe Lewis 
Nelle Nelson 
Emmy Carmen 
Tfxas Rednc.Tds 
Geo . MrQuron 



Buddy Howe 
Loul."! Sales Bd 

Golden Pumpkin 
Jimmy Julian 
M Sherman Bd 
Green .Mill 
T Ci.lnnn & (ian\; 
Austin Ma:k Bd 

.Metropo'e 
Art Kasse'l Dd 

Ml rain go 
Dell Coon Bd 

My Cellar 
Charlie Ro.se 
Joe Monnone Bd 

Petruslika 
George Nelldoff 
Clajde Avery 
Ely Khmara 
Gregory. Davldoft 
Geo Slchorban Or 

Stnblcfl 
.llriging Walters 
Johnny Dodds Bd 
Tnrrare Gardens 
Dusty Rhodes Bd 

Triangle 
Ray Reynolds 
Jimmy Green Bd' 
Turkish Village 
Freddie & His 
Parodlan Bd 
Uptown Village 
Eddin Varzoo Bd 

■Vanity Fair 
Rick & Synder 
Jack Edwards 
Helen Burke 
Evelyn Dean 
Phil Txivant Bd 

Varsity 
Romo- Vlnf-ent 
.^nyder A Walton 
Jewel Howard 
Rudy Talmano 
Hel'-.n Leon 
Mod ease Blese 
Clint Wright Bd 

Vlolago 
Ji'm'y Carrlgan Bd 



Bands and Orchestras 



Routes for Next Week (March 10) 

Permanent addreasea or banaa or orchattraa will Da published 
without charge. 

No charge ia made for listing in thia department. 

For reference guidance, initiala represent: H'-^hotel, T — theatre, 
P — park, C— ^afe, D H — dance hall, B — ballroom, R — restauriint. 

Aa far aa possible, street addresses in large cities are also 
Included. 



Billy Diamond in N. Y. 

Billy Diamond, RKO general 
booking manager in the we.st, ar- 
rives in New York Miirch 11 for a 
Wf-f'k'j: biisine^K .«;tdv. 



Aaron^on, Irving, Roman Pools. Miami. 
AgObtlnl, Oco., ralac« T., .Montreal. 
Albert, Harry. Lldo-Venlce. Venice, Italy 
Albert Don, Loew'a Jersey City, J. C 
AlbertI, Jules, Colosslmo C. Clilcngo. 
Albln. Jack, Statler H.. Buffalo. 
Aldrlch, Dob, Onon Hotel, 9}-racus«, T 
Alidort, U. J.. U3 Liberty St., Newburgh 
Almare, Joe, New Bamboo Inn, Chicago 
Amidon, A.. 012 E. 8tl> St.. Flint. Mlct. 
Anderson, Warren. 013 N. 47 St..' Seattle 
Appel, Oscar, The Cathay, Baltimore. 
Armbruater, J. L., B. A. C. BulTalo. 
Arcadians. Grcyatonc D., Dayton, O. 
Arcadia Syncopatora (C. Edgerton). KOi 

Addlaun St.. Phlla. 

Arnhelm, Gus, Savoy H., I^ondon. 
Ash, Paul, I'uramount T., N. Y. C. 
Astoria. Jo, P. O. Box 898. Coral aablea 

PU. 

Atkins, A. P., S014 flth Ave.. Dr» Molnci 
Austin, 3.. Davla I«. Country C Tampa 

B 

Baer, iloe, Sherry'*, Baltlmor*. 
Bailey, R., 320 So.' B'way,' Lo* Angelaa 
Dalrd, Maynard. Cryatal T., Knomvllle. 
Baldwin, p.. Frontenac, Quebec. Csn. 
Bard. Job., Golden Pcaaant R., Dalto. . 
Barnard, B. 330 W. Morrcll St.. Jackaon 
Mich. 

Barrlnger, Don, Calico Cat B., Miami. 
Barrett. H.. 'VVlsconaln H., Mi lwaukee, 
Bartlew,-0.,. Bookr.ca<uaaS,.. Deirolt: — 
Barzley, Beonar, Montauk Point. Uon 

(auk. L. 1. 
Barzos, Ed, Uptown Village. Chicago, 
Baslle, Joe. US No. 14(h St., .'slewark, N. J 
Bastlan. Walt . State T„ Detroit. 
Bauer. F. J.. 07 Ormond St.. Rocbcatei 

N. T. 

Baum, Babe. 220 Rose St., Reading. Pa 

Bay Sta'te Acca (Al Relyea), > Mohawk 
Bt., Cohocc, N. T. 

Beale. Bob, Athens Club. Oakland. Cal. 

Beckley. T., 102. E. 8th St.. Wilmington 
Oal. 

Benlave, Sam, Capitol t.. Detroit. 
Berge, W E., 07 Grand Av*., Englewood 
N. J. 

Btrget, Paul, Rice H., Houston, Tex. 
Berger, W. J.. B449 Pcnn Ave., Plttaburgh 
Berger. Herb. Chaae H., St. L. 
Bergman. Al., 41 Harvard PI.. Buffalo. 
Bergman, D.. Webater Hall. Plttaburgh. 
Bernie, Ben, Nixon, C, Pittsburgh. 
Beator, Don, Wm. Penn H., Pittsburgh. 
Blngharo. T. W., 18 8. Ryan St.. Buftalo. 
Blsactte-Maclean. Marigold R., Rocheatar 
Black Derby, Armory, Prov., R. I. 
Blumentbal'a Orch.. Sovereign Hotel. Cbl 
cago. 

Bol-bltt, F. O.. Varsity Inn, Van. Wtrt, O 

Boahea, Fran, Earlton Country C, Earl- 
ton, N. T. 

Boutelle Brothera, Wlnchendon, Maaa. 

Boyle,. Billy, Copley-Plaia H., Boston. 

Bradneld, B. Max. Sib Ave. T., Seattle. 

Bradneld, Max, Fox T., Detroit. 

Brambllla. M.. St. Francla T.. San Fran- 
claco. 

Brandy's Singing, Eagles B., Milwaukee. 
Uraunsdorl Urch.. Ull 22d St.. Galveston 
Breeskln, Daniel, Earle T., Waahlngton. 
Brlgods Ace, Danceland B. R., CIcve. 
B'way Colleglana. Walled Lake B.. De- 
troit. 

Brooks, Bobble. Lido C, N. T. 
Broudy, Dave, Grant T., Plttaburgh. 
Brower, Jay, El Capltan T., San Fran 
cleco. 

Brownagle, T.. S22 Sth Bt., Harrlaburg 
Pa. 

Bryant, Vf. H.. 1620 8. 0th St.. Terr^ 
Haute. Ind. 
Buck, Verne, Tlvoll T., Chlea«o. 



Mutual Wheel 

BURLESQUE 



(Weeks of March 3 and 10) 

Bare l-'avts-L. O. ; 10, Star, lirooklyn. 
llcst Show in Town— L. O.; 10, Howard, 
Boston. 

liig Revue— Gayety, Doston; 10, 'frocadc*, 
I'hllailelphla. 

liohCMilan.s- L. O. ; 10, Empire, Newark. 

Bowery Burl'-Mnuers— Howard, Boston; 10, 
Grand, Hartford. 

Uroadway .'^cfindals— Modern. Providence; 
10-lL'. Lyric, AUcniown; IS-l."), Orpheum, 
R fading. 

JSurlchque Revue— Columbia, N. T. C. ; 10, 
Oriih'-uin, I'aleisnn. 

Cracker Jacks-II & S Apollo, N. T. C; 
10, L. O. 

Dainty Dolls— 3-,'), Lyric, Allentown; 6-8, 
Orpheum, Rf-adlng; 10, L. O. 

Flapper Follies— Gaytly, Detroit; 10, Em- 
pire, Toll do. 

French- Models- Trocadcro, Pliiladr-lphla 
10, Gayety, Halllmore. 

Prlvolltlcs-Lyrlc, Dayton'; 10, Empress 
Cincinnati. 

Get Hot-G.nycly, Brooklyn; 10. L, O. 

Ginger Glrl.'j-Star, Brooklyn; 10, Gayety, 
Brooklyn. 

Girls from th<» Fnlllf'S— Amlcmy. Pilts- 
buigh; 10, Li' <-um, Coluinbue. 

(Jirls fr,iiii M;)|i|iyland- Gayety, Mllwau- 
koi-; 10, liinpresR. (;hlf-aRO. 

Girls Ir Uluf-- Grand, Hartford; 10, Lyric, 
Krldg'-porl. 

Hollo Paree— Lyric, Bridgeport; 10, Fox, 
Jainaka, N. T. 

High Flyers— Oavcty. ' Washington; 10, 
Academy, Vlttsburgh. 

Hindu Relies— Lyceum, Columbus; 10, 
Lyric, Dajlon. 

Ja;!ztlmc Revue— L. O. ; 10. Gayety, Mon- 
treal.- ■ 

Kuddling Kutles- Plaza, Worcc-.ster; 10, 
Casino, Boston. 

T^nflin' Thru— Orpheum, Paterson; 10, 
HuiIsOn. Union City. 

;^l.'--cli!(.f .Makfrs-Casino, BoKlon; 10, 
.^'liiio. Springfield. 

Jlowlln Ilougf — Columbia, Cleveland ; 10, 
Gavf-ty. HuffBlo. 

.Vile Club Girls— Hudson, Union City; 10, 
Plaza. Wiirrestcr. 

Record Breakers— Empress, Cincinnati; 10, 
L. <). 

-o'-l.'il Ma Id.?— Gayety, Montreal; 10. Gsy- 
cty, Boston. 
.Spt'-d Girls— Empress. Chicago; 10. L. O. 
.'Sporty Widows— Empire, Newark; 10, Co- 
lumbia, N. Y. C. 

St'-p LIvr-lv Glilp-G.iyely, nallinifilo; 10, 
Gayety, Wa.?yilri»:t,,n. 

Slepiip Show'— Empire, Toledo; 10, Culum- 
bla, C)f;velnnd. 

Take a Chanf^- Fmx'« Jamaica N T.: 
10, It. Sr S. Apfdlo. N. V. C. 

Watson Show- fftaf. Kpringfi'-Id ; 10, .M')-!- 
' rn. r 0 vid' n c. 

W;i,f. \\v,tnan ;in'I .<',nc f^ivf-'v. lUif 
In'.'.; Id, L. O. 



Buckeye Wonders, 04D 6o. Main St., 
Akron, O. 

Bulonwkiea Callfa., Eagle B.. Milwaukee. 

Bunchuk, Tasha, Capitol T., N. T. C. 
Burk. Milo, Brockton, Maaa. 
Burke. Chick, Ameabury. Maaa. 
Durtnctt. Bar! Blltmore H.. L. A. 
Burtson, Buddy, Richmond H,, Richmond, 
Va. 

Uui^e, Henry, c-o Variety, N. Y. C. 
Butler, Mel., Davenport. Spokane. 
Byara, Hale. Variety. N. T. C. 



Cairns, Danny. Orpheum T., L. A. 
Calif. Collegians, C. Daltydil, N. Y. C. 
Caporoon, Fred, 401 B'way, Camden, N. J. 
Carberry. Duke, Walpole, Maaa. 
Carpenter. E J., 743 7th Ave., N. I. C. 
Carr Bros., Agua Callente, Mexico. 
Carr. Jimmy, Silver Slipper C,, N. T. C. 
Carter, P., .Mojeatlc, Long Beach, C«i. 
Caaale. M., 140. Bine St.. Wllliamaport, 
Pa. 

Castle; Art, Metropole C, Chicago. 
Calo's Vagabonds, Swiss Gardens. Clnclo* 
natl. 

Causer, Bob, Ithaca H., Ithaca, N. T. 
Cavallaro. John, 20 Irving St..- Naw 
Haven. 

Cavoto, Et«, Flotilla Club, Plttaburgh. 
^C^eatuln, Jack. 1030 Boaton Rd.. Bronx, 

Cervono, t«y. 802 Blackatona Bldg.. 
Plttaburgh. 

Chapman, Jack, Droke H.. Chicago. 
Christian, Tommy, c-o Crcatore & Martin,' 
Bond B ldg.. N. T. : 

'li ,. N.. . prmaliy-^TfcyaTr-^ 



ncwttftcrjr: 

Louisville. 

Church, Roaa, Buckeye Lake P.. Buck- 
aye Lake, O. 

Clrlna, Gene. Chin's B., N. I. CT" 

Col. r.. 202 W. Douglas St.. Reading, Pa. 

Cohan, Richard. Vanderbllt H.. N T. C. 

Cole, H.. Swanee Club. N. T. C. 

Coleman, EJmll, Montmartre C, N. T. C. 

Collegian Sarcnadcra. Far Eaat R.. Clava. 
land. 

Condalorl, A., Adalphi H.. Philadelphia. 

Confrey. Zei. c-o M. C. A.. Paramount 
Bldg.. N. T. C, 

Conklln. Richard, Lotoa Club, Waah. 

Connelly. H. R.. 480 Central A»».. 
Bridgeport. Conn. . , 

Conrad H.. 1088 Park Ave., N. T. C. 

Coolay. Frits. Maple View. Pltlafleld, 
Maaa. . 

Ccon. Del, Mlra Lago B., Chicago. 

Coon-Sanders, Blackhawk C, Chicago. 

Copp. Pythlau Temple, Brockton, Uaaa. 

Cornwell, P., Hofbrmu House, N. Y. C 

Cowan. Lynn, Blvd. T., L. A 
•Coyle. L. H., aiB S. 10th St., Baaton, Pa. 

Craig, Francla, Hermitage H.. Naahvllle. 
^Cnacant Orcli.. Armory. Mlddletown. 

Crawford. "Busa", 2I1S Pennaylvanla 
Ave.. N. W.. Waahlngton. 

Crawford. Jack, c-o M. C. A.. Paramount 
Bldg., N. T. Q. 

Crawford. Tbomaa L.. Wichita. Kan. 

Cullan, S. m.. 814 t. .-.n St.. South Boa- 
ten. 

Cummins, Bomic, New Yorker H., N. Y. C, 
Cummlngs, Johnnie, 20 East Ave., Roch- 
ester, N. y. 
Currle, Harry, saalbach H., Louisville. 



lyArtrt'a Orch,. 81 14tb Bt., Norwich, 

Donulg. ■. J.. Ml Putnam Ats,. B'kiya. 

.«?'Ji*'"if'' J«>'<lln Lido. Arling- 
ton H., Waahlngton, D. C. 

Davldaon. J. W.. Norehore T., Chicago. 

Davla, C, Indiana T., Indlanapolla. 

Davla. Dee. Drake H., Chicago. 

Davla. Kddle. IB E. Ud St., N. T. City. 

narlaen, Walt. Ualnatraet T.. K. C. 
pDeaton, Chuck, Palace B. R., Ocean 

Dalbrldge, Dal., Capitol T., Detroit. 
Dal Po»o, Senor, 1587 B'way, N T. C. 

, °«^"<^- J- 831 Bt. Uarka Ave.. Brook- 
lyn, N. T. 
Daterlch, Roy. Avalon T.. Chicago 

nouf'Tl'i"''' "0" Jnckson St., Sprlng- 

Domlno Orch., 22 4th St.. Troy, N T 
Donnelly. W. H., 230 Olanwood Ave.' K 

Orange, N. J. 

Kelly'a Stables C, CM. 
Dolln, Max, Loew'a Warneld T., S. F 
Dornberger, Chos.. c-o M. C. A., 32 W. 
nandolph St., Chicago. 
Dougherty. Doc. Adelphia H.. Phlla. 
Dumont, A.. Paramount, N. T. C. 
Dunn, Jack, Cinderella Roof B. R. L. A. 
i.>'irante, Jim, c-o Variety, N. Y c 
Dytch, H., 400 ft FIrat St.. Daytona. Fla. 



Began, Jack, Paramount T., L. A. 

lyEddy, yWea., Loew'a KInga -f.. Brook- 
Edmund, Gen, Alexandria H., L. A. 
Bdwarda, Qua C, Terrace Uardtna, Cbl. 
Egyptian Ser., c. o. A. S, C, Chl, 
Eleenbourg. Dot Ehepard - Colonial B., 

Uoaton, 

Elinor, Carle, Cartbay Circle, L. A. 

Ellard. Jim, Riviera T., Omaha. 

Ellla. F.. Bt. Francla H., S. F. 

Ellington. Duke, Cotton Club, N. Y. C. 

Elmwood Band. 873 Van Nowrand Ave., 
Jeraey City. 

Engelhart. Joa.. McVlcker'a T,, Chicago. 

Eppel, 6730 N, 7th St., PhlUdelphla. 

Erdody. Leo, job W. 48th St.. N. Y. C, 

Erlckson, Ixju, Egyptlon T., Hollywood. 
N y''c NIcholaa Ave., 

Eubanli, Philip Les. Uarltngen, Tex. 



Fabello, Phil. Coliseum T., N. Y. C. 
Fabrlgat, Geo., Hall's Chinese C. L. A, • 
Fagan, Ray, Sagamore H., Rocheaier. . f, 
Fallon, Owen, Wilson's D. H., L. A. 
Farrell, F.. Inn, 4 Sheridan S<l., N. T. C. 
Fay, Bernard, Fay'a, Providence. 
Fteney. J. M., 220 E. lUh St., Oakland. 
Cat. 

Feldman, Joa, 1008 E. 08th St., Cleveland 

Fenn, F, Q.. 100 I.errerta Ave.. B'klyn. 

Fenton, Carl, 1074 Broadway. N. Y. C. 

Feyl. J. W., 878 River' St., Troy, N. Y. 

Florlto Ted. Congre.is H., Chicago. 

Fischer. Carl, Majestic D. H.. Detroit, 

Fischer, C. L.. 014 Bo. Weatnedge St., 
Kalamazoo, Mich. 

Fishrr. Mark. Varliety, Chicago. 

Fisher. Max, Max Flaher C. L. A. 

Fogg. A. It.. 174 Beacon St., Portland, 
Me. 

Foote, R., Stevens H., Chicago. 
Forbea, Lou, Denver T., Denvrr. 
Forinan, Lou. Palace T., N. Y. C. 
Ko."dlck, fJene, Bal Tabarln. Chicago. 
Four llor.feinen. Masonic Temple Bidg., 
Ch'cago. 

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VARIETY 



TIMES SQUARE 



Wednesday^ March 5, 1930 



Broadway Chatter 



Leo Posner is on a diet. 

Edsar Selywn back from Florida, 
sooner tlian^lntendod. 

Buddy Rogers and Larry Spier 
dining at tlie Roosevelt Hotel. 

]2stes aranasco, trumpet player in 
the band at the ICrazy Kat Inn, is 
slated for pictures. 

Miirrny Lewin, Mirror Sports 
writer, was once an usher at Hiirtig 
and Senion's I.25th St. house. 

Camera's managers won't let him 
pose for photos in short trunks; 

Reason — varicose veins. 

Murray Roth, on a breathing spell 
from the Warner studio, has gone 
— to Palm Beach. 

At the very old Olympic, 'way 
up on 3d avenue around • 130th 
street, a sign still adorns the front, 
reading "Gus Hill's Minstrels." 

Francis Albertani, former sports 
writer on the JEvening World, is now 
assistant to Frank Brun, g.m. of 
Madison Square Garden. 

You mustn't sit too long in the 
East Side Plantation Cafe or the 
colored waiters will move the table 
from under you. . 

Finishing "Young man of Man- 
hattan" at Paramount, four days 
ahead of sphed ule, Director Monta 
JBeii- spent. .the ttn ie sa v e d r. etjt liiB ; 
■ In Atlantic City. . 

Name regardless, Sandwina, . the 
boxer, was born in Sioux City, Iowa. 
His mother taught him how to be a 
pugilist. She formerly was with- 



Ringlins Bro.'!. oircu.s in the capacity 
of strong woman. 

Wrestling's making a comeback 
lieronbouts, and Jack Curloy, mahout 
of the pachy.lerms, is all smiles. 
Richard Sliickat, new heavy champ, 
is said to be the reason. He recently 
took on four bouts in as ma.ny 
days. 

Lopw's State is getting news- 
paper reviews for the first time in 
seven years. Oscar Doob did the 
trick. One sheet even catches the 
show' so that Doob can stick the 
notice! out front on Mondays in blow 
up type. 

Jack Slillman,, nephew of James 
A. Stllman, the N. Y. banker, had 
been with the Mary Hay show a 
very, short time, and was expected 
to join Ann Pennington's act, but 
instead was signed by William B. 
Friedlander last week for his 
"Jonica" production. 

In a 7,500-mile ride through all 
of the desert and plain western 
country not one co\yboy was seen. 
The nearest came in a Texan ranger 
dismounted. Many cowboy hats 
were noted on auto drivers. But 
Hollywood is knee-deep in> cowboys- 
afoot. 

Prof. Mike Hylos hap not refereed 
a bout since he raised Canzonerri's 
right arm above Jack Berg. Last 
-yeaT-4Iylas--a^»p6aMd--33-41-m«s-in_th.e- 
rlrig which was tlie mo'st any f eTeree 
rated. He lives in Haverstraw, N. 
Y., honie of James Farley, chair- 
man of the N. Y. Boxing Commis- 
sion. 




BnOCK r£MBERTON Presents 

Strictly 
Dishonorable 

Comedy Hit by Preitan SturfM 
Stngcd b> Antolnttt* Perry A Mr. Pamberlen 
AVON Tliea..W.45th St. Dlr.A.l.Krlanger 
IXTUXI Evcs.8:00. Mat3.miur8.& Sat,2:30 
An trerase o! 25 etandeea at over; pcrfotm- 
ance Blnce the opening. Sept. IB. 1929 



ROXY 



Kenneth MacGowan and Joseph Werner 
Reed present 

BASIL SYDNEY and 
MARY ELLIS in 

CHILDREN OF DARKNESS 

By Edwin Jostas Mayer 
RII TMORF Th.. 47 St.. w. or b'j. ets. 

D1L.1 m\/I\E.g.4o, uts. vvcd. & Sat., 2:40 



RFI Asm Thca.. W. 44th St. E?s, 8:40 
Ot:.L,t\i3\^\J iijurs. and Sat., 2:40' 

DATib DEIjASCO Preient* 

It's a Wise Child 

A New Comedr by Lanrenca E, Jolmion 



Good Seats in All Parts of Theatre 
Can Be at Box Office 

STREET SCENE 

hns moved 
fronn the PLAYHOUSE 
TO ANOTHER THEATRE 
For further Information 
see duUy papers 
Evea. 8:40. Mats. Wed. and Sat, 2:30 



GRACE GEORGE 



In the St. John Ervlne comedy 

"FIRST MRS. FRASER 

with A. B. Matthews 
and Lawrence Grossmllh 

• PT AVWftTTQT?. 48ih St., E. of B'wny. Etm. 
rJjAXAUUOJii g.so, 1,,",. Wed. & Sat.. 2:30 

Citra &(atlnco Every Thursday until June IS 



A THEATRE GUILD PRODUCTION 

METEOR 

By S. N. BEHRHAN 

f IIII n' Theatre, 62d St., W. ot B'y, 
VSV,/1L>V Kves. 8,60. Mats. Thurs., Sat. 

LAST 2 WEEKS 



SOth St. ti. 7th Ave. Dir. 
of S.L.Rothafel (ROXY) 

Owilllam Fox PreURtt 
THE MOVIETONE EXTRAVAGANAZA 

LET'S GO PLACES 

with an All-Star-Cait 
VON GRONA, World- Famtui Dance 
Creator, and «n Excellent Stale Show— 
Rexy Ballet Corpi, Chorus. Rexyettes, 
Raxy Sytnpheny Oreheatra— Midnight Pic- 
turea 



Comlni Friday at Pop. .Price 

MARILYN MILLER 
in "SALLY" 

New Playlna, John Barrymare In 'Gen. Crack' 
WARNER BROS. 

SNEW YORK V% 
T R A nI# 



3 Warner Brw,' and Vl taphene HItsI 

SONG of the WEST 

(IN TECHNICOLOR) : 



with John . Belec, VIvlenne Segal and | 
Joe E. Brown I 



WARNER BROS. THEATRE 
B'way and S2d Street 



GEORGE ARUSS 

in 

'The Green Goddess" 

Winter Garden — B'way & SOth St. 
Voted the Beit Plcturo or the Yearl 

GEORGE ARLISS 
"DISRAELI" 

CENTRAL THEATRE— B'way and 47th St. 

Dally, 2 :45-8 :45— Sundayi, 3-6-8:45 
at the 3 Theatrei 



Mexican Gambling Ban 
Doesn't Affect Border 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

While Rublo Ortiz, president of 
Mexico, has decided against gam- 
bling and refused to issue any more 
permits for gambling resorts in the 
Interior of Mexico, he ses no reason 
why the border resorts frequented 
by American should not continue as 
before, Promoters of gambling 
casinos trying to get capital around 
Li. a. have been hit by the presi- 
dent's edict, but expect no trouble 
when it comes to getting permit to 
allow Americans to drop their 
dough In Mexico, 

Jack Dempsey and Gene Normile, 
with around ?100,000 invested in 
property at Ensenada,' will continue 
with the building of a casino and 
hotel there. Enseneda is about 120 
miles south of Tia Juana. Most of 
the projects In the form of promo- 
tion have hopes that they will be 
able to cut into the business being 
done at Agua Caliente. Agua Call- 
ente is the only spot where there 
Is a race track, which accounts for 
most of its draw. • 



JUST A TRANSACTION 



Restaurant Patron Was Shy For 
Moment But Check Was Paid 



George Tennington, bond broker, 
of 219 West 34th street, was ar- 
raigned In West Side Court on the 
-chaxgft nf tamntr tr» pay a dinner blil 
of ' $14 ;40 111 the Hollywood restau- 
rant, 1600 Broadway. 

Tennington was witli two women 
and a male companion. They order- 
ed 3 bottles of ginger ale, $3; bread 
and butter, 45 cents; war tax, 45 
cents; and three fllet mignon, $10.50. 
Total $14,40. 

Yennington's friends " departed 
after they had dined. Tennington 
was confronted with the bill He 
eyed It. He dug Into his jeans, but 
thiey yielded not $14.40. So Ten- 
nington went to the "can" in West 
47th street. ' He was ridden to court 
the next morning in the van. 

In court he explained to Magis- 
trate Jesse Silberman he had never 
questioned . the bill. "I just didn't 
have It," he asserted. "But I can 
quickly get it. The Court gave him 
permission to communicate with his 
friends. They hurried to court and 
Tennington paid his dinner bill. 



Virginia Morris (Mrs. L, Nickson) 
has obtained a six months leave of 
absence from the Warner publicity 
department. During that time she 
intends to surprise her husband. 
After that she will concentrate on 
grooming another prospect for A- 
P. Waxman's payroll. 



Chatter in Miami 

By Wallace Sullivan 



Miami Beach, March 1. 

. Ann Pennington's premiere at the 
Roman Pools Casino last night 
somewhat topped by the appear- 
ance of Jack Sharkey, who, fresh 
from toying with Phil Scott, ma'Se 
a speech, saying he was the "hap- 
piest fellow in the world," now be- 
ing one peg nearer the heavyweight 
crown. Miss Pennington's dancing 
could scarcely have been the talli 
of a to^vn bubbling over with chat- 
ter abqut the bizarre business at 
the Stadium. She had a large au- 
dience, the ' Casino crowded with 
fight fans. Christo, the proprietor, 
expects to have her two weeks, but 
Miss Pennington says she'll be here 
but a weeki Her hair is bobbed. 
Does two hot dances,' the first in a 
white beaded costume, which con- 
ceals perhaps too much of her well- 
known pliis. Aaronson's Command- 
ers strong support here. 

Christo was undecided last week 
whether to sign -Miss Pennington or 
Jim Barton. He'll know by the end 
of the week if his selection was 
wise. 

Mickey Alport, operating the Co- 
coanut Grove up North, entertained 
Sharkey, and himself took the floor, 
vodeling two songs. Alpert's work 



taps any niale night club singer in 
the South. They wouldn't let him 
off the floor until somebody spotted 
Frank McManus with his brother 
George. Frank was obliged to sing, 
letting loose sitting at his table. 

Murray Roth and Mrs. Roth in 
Palm Beach and rouletting and 
dining with relatives at the Break- 
ers. Roth Is -using a duplicate set 
of Bradley's for Helen Morgan's 
forthcbn^ing film short. Set will be 
precise In every delall. 

Commissioner Whalen catching in 
a baseball game given by society 
folks in . Palm Beach, one side 
dressed as cops and the other as 
convicts. Takes a lot of nerve to 
catch behind the bat. The Com- 
missioner did pretty well, even' if he 
did fumble every other pitched ball. 

Lillian Gish strolling the beach 
dodging the female reporters, _ who 
get In one's hair on the beach at 
the Breakers. 

Carol Dempster a delightsome 
figure in the swimming pools and 
other spots of Palm Beach. 

Mrs. Sailing Baruch in floral 
gowns and unbrellas . sunning her- 
self on the walks of Spray Beach. 

John J. Raskob being pointed out 
by all the folks. 



..^A THKATKE GVIU) PRODUCTION 

THE APPLE CART 

Bernard Sbaw's Tolltlcal BxtraTaganza 

IWAPTTM ■RTi'P'ir Tlica., W. 40th St. Evs. 
MILALia ilJIil/JV. 8:30. Mta. Tliur,. Sat., 2:30 



VILMA BANKY Talks 

(Arranscmoiit Samuel aoldwyo) 

in 'A LADY TO LOVE' 

A Mclro-noI(l»-yn-Mt»or Plrtiire 

with EDWARD ROBINSON 
Stage Show— DAVE SCHOOLER 
Bunohuk, Orchestra 



c 



APITOL 



U'waj 
Slst SI. 



RKO THEATRES 



LET'S 
GO 



KEITH'Sl 



PALACE 



BRYANT 
4300 

TED HEALY L HIS BIG NEW REVUE 
Henry 8ANTREY 4 H(a Squad of Seletsti 
JOHN TILLERS SUNSHINE GIRLS 
CLIFFORD & MARION. WHITE MANNING 



NEAR. 

3rcl 

AVE. 



Wedneiday to Friday, Mareh 5 to S 

WILLIAM BOYD 
in "OFFICER O'BRIEN" 

LARRY RICH 1 14 ENTERTAINERS 
Other RKO Aote 



RKO 

PROaORfS 



COR 
LEX 
AVE 



Wedneiday to Friday, March 5 to 8 

WILLIAM BOYD 
in "OFFICER O'BRIEr^" 

ODETTE MYRTIL. JIM McWILLIAMS 
Other RKO Act* 



ROUND THE SQUARE 



Reconditioning Greenwich Village Inn 
Greenwich Village Inn, damaged by fire two weeks ago Is undergoing 
reconditioning and will reopen when rebuilding is flnlshed. 

Originally "Polly's" and operated by Polly Halliday 10 years back 
when the Village was taking on its stride as opposish to Broadway as 
a night playground, its popularity gained yearly with Mips Halliday 
later relinquishing to outside interests and the name of Polly's passing 
for the newer title of Greenwich Village Inn. 

The Inn is one of the few old landmarks to survive the change of 
conditions in the Village and has prospered where others have folded. 



A Relative Gets a Booze Break 

A burn-up for a major studio head was the misdirection In a cargo 
of booze shipped to the Coast from the east. Film head's friends in 
New York arranged for nine cases of rare brands to reach hini from 
Havana. Lad who undertook delivery was no bootlegger but knew the 
boya and was willing to do the favor. 

Upon arrival In Los Angeles with the shipment, the boy called and 
called the exec but always got that "conference" answer. Not wanting 
to peddle the stuff himself, in desperation he called New York to ask 
what he should do with "it." The Manhattan participant told him to 
deliver it to his brother-in-law, a supervisor on the same film lot. 

Did the studio head gnash his teeth when he found out, and was the 
supervisor surprised at the sudden arrival of nine cases at his home? 

Booze Is booze. 



Coast's Fifth Ave. 

Hollywood's main stem, Hollywood boulevard, heralded as the Fifth 
ave. of the West, Is getting its share of razzing from the New Yorkers. 
Most of them claim the grind looks more like a bargain alley than any- 
thing they- have seen. i 

A tab of the street shows a few exclusive shops but a guy wouldn't 
run short of fingers counting them. Here and thei-e is found a store with 
class but at no time, In the six blocks of business section, is one out of 
siglit of a red fronted 5 and 10. Men's stores where suits are sold at 
$20 are well represented. There are three shops where shoes sell at $6 
top. Three $1 stores are housed in two blocks. 

Specialty shops that specialize in 10 buck dresses and haye continual 
sales are dotted along the boulevard. Also there are two joints where 
they grind out sausage while you wait. Twelve drugless drug stores 
are In the six blocks. 

On the stem there are three class eating places, the rest of the 20 
eateries are joints where eating oft the arm prevails. There is no yellow 
peril here as the one Chinese restaurant has a hard time getting by and 
is frequented only by high school kids. , Branch stores of L. A. mer- 
chants have come and gone with only four of the larger downtown 
stores being represented in Hollywood. Most of the class establishnient 
have left the boulevard for other locations, Beverly Hills now being the 
favorite spot for the exclusive shops. 



Plenty of laughs in Palm Beach. 
Zou should see all the sporty old 
boys and girls in their seventies, 
motoring in snappy roadsters, rum- 
ble seats loaded with centenarians,. 

Dolly Kay through at the Holly- 
wood Country Club and Bee Jack-, 
son now there stomping. 

How quiet and deserted seem the 
Dade and DcSota hotels in Miami 
Beach since all the sport writers, 
moved north. 

Irene Bordonl still the biggest l)it 
of the resorts here. Aside from her 
sizzling "Danger In Your Eyes, 
Cherie," she's doing "You Don't- 
Know Paris," from "Fifty Million 
Frenchmen." Al Wohlman should: 
get Miss Bordonl's comic Interpre-. 
tatlon of "Souvenirs" In Frencli. 
Ties them up. 

Val Vestoff will ; do musical 
shorts when- he returns to. .-New 
STork after having been glimpsed at 
the Embassy club by Murray Rothi,. 

No check for your hat at Brad-- 
ley's. The checkroom lad handles 
thousands of chapeaux and remem- 
bers everybody's. - 

One of the most delectable sights 
at the Royal Ponciano is the after- 
noon, dance in the tea garden. Terp« 
.UfiJie_iQ_ the shade of the Bom'- 
bax Ceiba" ."Cotton" Silk' "trees. - y .- 

Joe Higgins of Wall street wears 
down the spectators when he starts 
piling chips on his favorite No. 17, 
Mrs. Dahl of the Interborough 
Rapid Transit Line family wears' 
those milk bottle sized gems. 

The Colony Club represents about 
a billion dollars in wealthy patrons 
on a gala night. One walks knee- 
keep in pearls and diamonds to get 
to a table. Ermine wraps are as 
common as bathrobes in n cabana 
colony. 

Anatole Friedland was m.c. at the 
Palm Beach benefit given at the 
Paramount theatre In Palm Beach. 
Irene Bordonl came over from Mi- 
ami Beach to sing. 

Helen Mcany giving diving ex- 
hibishes for the society folks. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wm .P. Ahnelt sun- 
ning, except during the Intervals 
the editor of Pictorial Review drops 
in to watch the ticker. 

Folks of the most exclusive set ' 
dodging hotel quarters In Palm, 
Beach. Spray Beach gets the cream. 

Gambling rooms running wide 
open Miami Beach now, but all the 
folks wary. F^ew winners. 

Sinny Selwyn gave up ti-ying to 
teach Ann Pennington a system in 
roulette. 

Biggest selling commodity here is 
oil to promote a deep tan. Remark- 
able how many folks are not prone 
lo the dark skin, no matter how 
long in the sun. 

Herman Milgrlm returned to New 
York; 

Sam Harris playing around Palm 
Beach. 

Sid Strauss hitting the high spots 
of Miami Beach. 

Mrs. Hayward could get a tan 
from the rocks she wears if she 
wore them In Nome. 

Phil Plant a prominent figure all 
over Palm -Beach, air, water, and 
land. 

Mrs. Henry Dittenhoeffer credited 
with the smartest taji in Palm 
Beach. Slie u.ses a certain oil with 
vinegar. 

Edsel Ford lagooning in gondolas 
at the Nautilus. 

Frankie Springman drawing a 
lachrymal following of females who 
like to listen to him sing at the 
Elanita. They sip tea and cry while 
he vocalizes. 

The croupiers here are disgusted 
with the season, money being so 
tight. One majr observe them giv- 
ing each other' winks when well- 
dressed men and women place dol- 
lar bills on red or black and cash 
in when they win. This is true of . 
Miami and Miami Beach. In Palm 
Beach, of course, the rich . are as 
careless as ever with money; 

Mrs. Frederick McLaughlin (Irene 
Castle) entered the Deauvllle the 
other night in a gown that had the 
women gasping. 

Al Goldman and Christo were 
hosts to all the sporting scribes of 
the world last week, turning oveo 
(Continued on page 62) 



Next to the stage door of the 
Palace Theatre, the new home of 

MRS. GERSON'S GRILL 



After 11 Years on Broadway 



Wednesday^ March 5, 1930 



T I M ESS Q U A R E 



VARIETY 



81 



Aquarium s Tropic Fish Are 



Almost Native New Yorkers 



New York's Aquarium seems to 
deal with strictly local products. 
Probably no one knows that most 
of the fish in the Aquarium are 
caught off Sandy Hook. 

In fact the Aquarium has great 
difficulty in obtaining and keeping 
alive fish from far-flung quarter^ 
of the globe. And as the Hook offers 
fine and varied specimens, scientific 
expeditions set off for the Hook at 
frequent' intervals to replenish the 
Aquarium's stock. 

Odd, brightly colored, Florida 
fish can be caught there at the right 
season. ' One, called the Queen Trig- 
ger Fish, caught off Sandy Hook, 
looks just like the cover of the "New 
Yorker." 

However, some flsli even nearer 
home, those in one of Central Park's 
lakes, have been absolutely snubbed 
by the Aquarium. 

The Aquarium, which is under 
the Park department's jurisdiction, 
was asked to rescue a number of 
fish from one of the Park lakes 
which is now being drained. But 
in spite of a desire to co-operate as 
far as possible, the Aquarium 
• tuiJi i jd -downrithe-l^r-k-flsh-Jnuecause 



they were not show fish. So through 
some slip up trucks from the Aqua- 
rium were not at the lake to gather 
in the fish, and the fish are still 
floundering about in the mud where 
they will most likely survive till 
spring. 

The Aquarium officials are sus- 
picious and even rude to reporters. 
They strenuously object to con- 
stantly being made fun of. It isn't 
only on April Fool's Day that people 
call up asking for Mr. Fish ; every 
reporter who ever came to the 
Aquarium has been ready to burst 
into hysterics. 

"It seems" said Mr. Howley, fish 
oulturist of the Aquarium, "that the 
very word fish is humorous to re 
porters' minds. But the Aquarium 
officials are scientificly Interested 
in fish, and not in- the human inter- 
est that reporters are always seek- 
ing." 

If reporters would do something 
besides laugh they might discover 
several Interesting things, Mr. How 
ley believes. For instance there Is 
in the Aquarium what is apparently 
a live boiled lobster; just as bright 
red as any lobster in a restaurant. 

Some people might be- intimidated 
by the high brow scientific fish at 
the Aquarium. But Variety's sobber 
recognized Ambloplltes Rupestris 
us sometimes seen swimming In 
tanks in Broadway's restaurant win- 
dows. And, catostdmus comnier 
sonli are suckers. 

Tlie fish in the Aquarium are a 
bit too crowded like everyone else 
in New York. They can't even 
breed because they have no place to 
hide their eggs, and their co-resi 
dents eat them .up. 

One of the most interesting sights 
in the Aquarium; says Mr. Howley, 
is tlie horseshoe crabs which were 
on the earth two million years ago 
in almost their present form, and 
which are really related to spiders 
instead of crabs. Yet no one wants 
to look at them because they are 
seen at beaches so frequently. 

Also if any one would like to 
know, an Octopus about which such 
terrible stories ace heard, has a body 
as soft as an oy.ster, and is hardly 
dangerous at all. 

The lone Penguin at the Aqua- 
rium is the pet of the place. He has 
a looking glass next td him . so lie 
can .see him^self, and not get lone'^ 
some and every, night he walks 
upstairs by- hirfiself. He is the only 
animal which the S. P. C. A. allows 
to be fed. live food. 

Police Order Campaign 
Against Garden Specs 

Speculators who frequent Madi- 
son Square Garden lobby and 
Eighth avenue around 49th and 60th 
streets are to be given more atten- 
tion. This warning oame from In' 
Rpector Patrick JfcCormick of the 
Third Tn.speotlon Di.strlct as a re- 
sult of letters to his office aljout 
the "gyps." 

The speculators have rented every 
cubbyhole, spaqe .and store within 
several blocks of the Garden. They 
Hhout their wares right in the lobby 
bf the Garden,' annoying patrons 
With their agents and runners. 

Plainclothesmen will be taken 
from their detail if they fail to cor- 
>'ect the abuse and make no arrests. 



Lizzie KeHy— 6 Months 



Elizabeth Kelly, 21, of 310 East 
26th. street, who claims to have been 
employed as a night club hostess 
until her arrest, was sent to the 
House of the Good Shepherd to an 
IndeteiTTiinate term by the Justices 
of Special Sessions on her plea of 
guilty to shoplifting. 

She was arrested in a department 
store Feb. 7 after trying to walk off 
with a dress worth $6. 



De Luxe BVay Living 
On No Income at All 

B r o a d w a y , the hard-boiled 
thoroughfare for rackets, may. make 
the hinterland or the rest of New 
York pay, but it is always taken 
by its o'wii. The Street has its own 
parasites. 

Everyone on the stieet has a 
string o£ friends who can get him 
a rake-ofC on this or handout for 
that. * 

Every time there is a change Iii 
the management' of a Broadway 



hotfel. a, -Striiig o t - d eadheftd— hotel-|-cas& 
residents are discovered. Persons 
who have gotten .in on a drag with 
the first management and have 
sometimes never paid a cent. Re- 
cently one at a hotel just off the 
square, during a change in manage- 
ment, six such persons were found. 
One man had occupied a suite for 
two years without . paying a nickel. 

It is always Broadway characters, 
celebs of the. district, who never 
leave the street, who are known as 
famous crashers. They're on hand 
at fights, shows, parties, all Broad 
way's festivities, and always on the 
cuff. 



Jack Blue Held for 
Grand Jury for Assault 

' After a lengthy hearing before 
Magistrate Silberman In West Side 
Court, Jack Blue, 48, dancer, 231 
West ?lst street, and Jack Gei'ard, 
43, 3200 Broadway, physical culture 
Instructor, were held in bail of $1,000 
each for the grand ^ury on charges 
of felonious assault. 

The two men were arrested by 
Detective Fitzpatrick, West 47th 
street station, -on complaint of An- 
thony Scotti, a dancer, 411 Manhat- 
tan avenue. Scotti charged that on 
Feb. 17 Blue, struck him with a cane 
and that Gerard beat, him with hi? 
fists, fracturing his jaw. 

Scotti said the assault occurred 
when he announced that lie was go- 
ing to quit as an instructor. 

Blue denied having participated 
in the assault. Gerard did not deny 
that he had struck Scotti, and said 
the dancer had attempted to attack 
him. Blue said the cause of the 
trouble was that Scotti insl-sted on 
dismissing a dancing class 15 min- 
utes before time, and was repri- 
manded for it. 



Phyllis* Golf 



Phyllis Haver holds the 
spring golfing record made on 
a practice tee at Pinehurst, 
N. C. 

"While down there for hor 
health Mi.ss Haver became 
friendly with Helen Hicks, who 
also plays golf. Femme links 
star- persuaded Miss Haver to 
try the game and take a couple 
of swings. The foi*mer picture 
luminar.v procured herself a 
driver, bag of practice balls' 
and a very black caddie. 

The lad, seeing Miss Haver 
walk over to the same tee with 
Miss Hicks, went miles down 
the fairway in preparing to 
chase the drives. Miss Haver 
swung and the caddie came in 
a little. She swung again and 
the caddie moved closer. He 
finished sitting on the bench 
next to the tee reaching out to 
retrieve the balls. 



THE REAL STUFF, SAH; 
PRICES IN KAIN-TUCKY 



Personality Makers on Coast Fail 
To Impress Mad Husbands or Cops 



Fourth West Postponement 



The trial of Mae West and 53 
other defend.nnts indicted for "par- 
ticipating in "The Pleasure Man," 
alleged obscene play, produced in 
October. 192S, at the Biltmorc, Xew 
York, was aga.in postponed until 
next Monday. 

This action was taken by Judge 
Bertini in General Sessions Monday 
at the request of Assistant District 
Attorney James G. Wallace, who is 
engaged in another trial. 

This is the fourth time the trial 
has been postponed. All the de- 
fendants are out on bail. 

The charge is a misdemeanor. The 
defendants need not appear at the 
trial, but must be i-epresented by 
counsel. . 



Ixjuisville, March 4; 
Pay your money and take your 
choice do'wn here. 

This liquor price list is current: 
Black Gold, 18 years old, |50 per 



NAIL CAVIAR BOOTLEGGER 



. Ch! Gyp Bought it in Woolworths, 
Sold it As Soviet Import 



Chicago, March 4. 

A caviar bootieg.ger was given a 
bawling out here last week by an 
irate Gold Coast matron. Man, 
posing as a Rnssian, had built up 
a trade on what he claimed was" 
imported caviar. 

Price was way down', with the 
salesman doing a big bu.siness since. 
Septem}>er. Housewife caught him 
in Woolworths, buying his supply at 
10 cents a can. He emptied the cans 
and then sold the stuff as coming 
direct from his brother in Soviet- 
land. 



Scalpers Acquitted 

Jack Harris, 28, clerk, of 159 West 
48th street, was acquitted in Special 
Sessions of a charge of ticket scalp- 
ing. Harris was arrested Feb. 7 by 
Detective Joseph Carberry In front 
of the Lyric theatre. Carberry 
claimed the man was attempting to 
stop patrons by offering to scH 
seats. 

The same disposition occurred in 
the case against Kat Marks, clerk, 
of 155 East 182d street, who was 
taken in by C'ar berry the same night. 
Carberry contended Mark.« was so- 
liciting patrons in front of th^ Apollo 
on West 4 2d street. 



Bourboii "De "Eiuxe,- 15'- years-oldy 
$45 per case. 

Kentucky Sunshine, 13 years old, 
$42.50 per case. 

Old Rosebud, $42.50 per case. 
Other announced brands and 
prices : — 

Old Grand Dad »/* pints $39.50 

Old Grand Dad 34.50 

Old Taylor 34.50 

Old McBrayer 34.50 

Pebbleford 34.50 

Hill and Hill 33.50 

Cedar Brook 33.00 

Green River 33.00 

Babbling Brook 31.50 

"Since 1788" (old bot) 29.00 

Jefferson (old bot) 29.00 



Civic Payoff 

Chicago, March 4. 

When a mounted traffic cop tried 
to tag a Kansas City car parked in 
front of the United Artists' theatre 
the driver just drawled: "Say, 
Mounty, I hear you boys ain't been 
paid lately. How about going over 
and buying yourself a big meil?" 

Tljl mounty came off his high 
horse and sold a blank piece of 
paper for $2 cash. 



Phoney Sailor's Phoney 
Diamond Sale Swindle 

Detectives Bernard Gunson and 
Mike Foley of the E:ast 104th street 
station arrested Hari-y Evans, 35, 
salesman, living at the Times 
"Stiu&re hotel. ■B>vjnTS-wa9-febai:ged 
with "suspicion " of ferand •larceny; 
When the sleuths an-ested -Evans In 
the hotel they said they found In 
his room a loaded automatic pistol. 
He was also charged with violating 
the Sullivan La-w. 

Evans wias arrested a., a suspect 
in the case of Mrs. Sarah Press, 
B40 Southern Boulevard, who was 
robbed of $2,000 in a "diamond 
switch." On Feb. 14 last, a bogus 
sailor approached Mrs. Pross at 
103rd street and Lexington avenue. 
The phoney mariner stated he had 
just got off a ship which arrived 
from a foreign port and that he had 
smuggled in 25 "diamonds." valued 
at $50,000. 

She could have them, the bogus 
sailor stated, for $2,\)00. Mrs. Prose 
withdrew from a bank the $2,000 
and hurried home with her "$50,000 
worth of gems." The following day 
she raced to a gem dealer, who told 
her she had ten cents' worth of 
glass. She then told the cops. 

Being unable to Identify Evans In 
the case, he was freed In Harlem 
Court. He was arraigned In West 
Side Court on the gun charge and 
held in 1500 bail for. trial In Spe- 
cial Sessions, 



Los Angeles, March 4. 
If you oaJi't develop a personality 
or mental power in L. A. it's not 
the faiult of swamis, insplratlonists, 
soul scientists and others who sell 
their lectures hereabouts. There are 
more seventh sons and daughters to 
help your business oi- personal 
troubles than there are actors out 
of work. It's the same situation 
here as in Chicago. 

The fortune tellers by other 
names all claim about the same: 
to make you successful over night 
if you will follow their advice and 
buy their little book selling at $1. $2 
or $3, on sale at the door as you 
pass out. The lecture is free, pri- 
vate audiences and the little book 
are tlie money makers. 

Swamis with turklsh towels, 
around their heads with some look- 
ing as though from Harlem, cut In 
heavy on the big dough. 

One has built himself a temple 
and a retreat for followers which 
set him back a half million. H© 
plays loose with some of his femmo 
followers and has lost the decision 
to a number of irate husbands. But 
he still does business at the same 
spot. 

77; H ' l!j gag is. to g et-the-gw^H-looIc — 
ers to sijehd" 'a 'few re- -" 

treat where they will have their 
dynamic power of will" developed. 
Others will bring personality to 
the front by . eating' carrots or not 
eating carrots. Spinach' Is a back 
number now. If you don't care for 
carrots, they can help you with color 
vibrations. Not the ordinary, or gar- 
den variety vibrations, but red, 
white, blue or perhaps lavender vi- 
brations. ~ ' ' 

One color teller was going great 
for a number of months until his 
former wife came to town and an- 
nounced that he had deserted her 
six years ago and that he is now 
living with another woman, the 
mother of three children by him. 
When the cops went to pick him 
lip, they found he had color vi- 
brated out of town. 

Some have made big dough. They 
work with the- people who have 
money. The others are content to 
pick up nickles and dimes from 
the more ignorant and guarantee 
them anything in the line of suc- 
cess as long as they follow the 
leader. 



Inaccurate Biographies 



Florenz Ziegfeld 



By Claude Binyon 



Florenz Ziegfeld, produoei' of the 
famous annual "Scandals," was born 
in Minnetonka, la., the year before 
they passed a law. Elated over the 
event, his fatlier sent the following 
wire to Mrs. Ziegfeld: 

"Congratulations. Your loving 
husband, Florenz, Sr;" 

Three years later, while playing 
with his toy.s in the attic, little 
Florenz found, the wfre. In'ltated, 
he scooted on his velocipede to the 
nearest telegraph office and batted 
off this mess^ige in childish soawl: 

"Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr. Dere 
Mama, was serteny surprize to note 
the prefunct maner In wich our 
respective htisband and papa dis- 
posed of yure most nobel acheev- 
ment the glorious expeerance of 
motherdom. If he had only took 
the time to check on a story like this 
Insted ot printing it without come- 
ing to me for veryfacatlon of the 
facks and a possibul quotation from 
me it would have been more suit- 
abul a irlbut to you. Your 
grateful son, Flo. P. S. Did $45,- 
000 at the Amsterdam last week." 

Grammar school was one long 
bore to the youthful genius. His 
career of letters ended abruptly 
when the teacher told the young 
mutts to dash off an impression of 
their most thrilling experience In 
75 words. 

"Outdoing anything of its kind 
ever before attempted," wrote 
Ziegfeld. "the most thrilling ex- 
perience of. Florenx Ziegfeld, Jr., 
will go down, in history as the mose 
lavish thrill of. the ages, it was 
fhriUing. It was massive. It was 



stupendous. Our hero came out of 
it a changed boy weary of life and 
certain that it was the greatest 
thrill of his impressive career. Tt 
was the most gloriou.s. thrill of my 
life,' said Mr. Ziegfeld." 

Calmy Ziegfeld handed the crea- 
tion to his teacher. "There you are, 
kid," he said; "it's 75 words exactly." 

'^Where." ■ asked the teacher, "la 
the experience? You don't tell what 
happened to you." 

Ziegfeld smiled patiently. 'Don't 
be a chump," he said. "A wise guy 
never puts all his eggs in one om- 
elet. What about next year's edi- 
tion of the same gag?" 

"For you," replied the teacher, 
"there will be no neJct year." Pin- 
ning a note on his $hli;t, she sent 
him liome. 

Ziegfeld started in show business 
as a press agent, and used his 75- 
word grammar school composition 
a,"i advance notice for seven differ- 
ent shows. Unable to compose a 
new piece, he became a manager and 
launched Anna Held in "Papa's 
Wife." A Toxen Worm was p. a. 
for the show and conceived the 
idea of having Mi.ss Ileid bathe in 
milk as a gross inducer. The same 
idea was tried later with wine by 
another producer, but things had 
changed. 

' The Urst "Follies" unfurled in 
1906 on the- New York Roof. Zieg- 
feld renamed the Roof "La Jardin de 
Paris," and "boy.-j" still go then; 
under that lllu.sion'. 

Later, Ziegfeld married Killi'i 
Burkc'grew a mou.siurhe and start- 
ed on a hunt for Bill AlcfJuire. The 
aeuch is still on. 



'*Free Lance" Magazine 
Peddler Goes to Trial 

Charged with obtaining money 
4mder fajse pretenses, Charles Mc- 
Kenna, 34, salesman, of 111 West 
46th street, was held in We.<rt Side 
Court for triaj In Special Sessions. 
Ball of $500 "was furnished by a' 
surety company. Peter Wisbauer, 
an employee of the Hotel Astor and 
residing at 1049 Grand Concourse, 
asserted that McKcnna had sold 
him for $5 a year's subscription ot 
the "National Hotel Review." 

Wisbauer never received the pub- 
lication and wrote to the maga- " 
zine. He learned that McKenna 
was never authorizecl to collect suh- 
scriptions. Herman Flamger, pro- 
motion manager of the Gehrig Pub- 
ii.shing Company, wh6 publi.sh the 
"National Hotel Review," urged 
Wisbauer to take criminal action. 

McKenna stated he was a free 
lance agent and ■yvhlle he had never 
received the official O. K. he hail 
ftvory Intention to send the publish- 
ing lirm the subscription money. 



Easy on Stag Booker 

. Milwaukee, March 4. 

Judge A. J. Hedding fined Mrs. 
Marjorle Lee Brooks, who furnishea 
talent for stag parties, $100 on a. 
charge of contributing to the de- 
linquency of a 17-year-old girl. 
TVyo other similar charges wertf 
ai^jrojssed. 

.When testimony was taken two 
weeks ago, two of the girls testlQed 
that they had danced in the nucja 
at stag party entertainments, men- 
tioning spcciflcally an affair at the 
Whitefish Bay armory. 

While Judge Hedding expressed 
him.self as satisfied of Mrs. Brooka' 
gulJt. he felt that there were .some 
mitigating circumstances In. that 
ihe girl dancers had lied to their 
i-mployer about their age.s. One o{ 
the gills had lied previously to a 
burlp.^ciue theatre manager about 
lii-r iige when applying for chorus 
work. 



VARIETY 



W O M E N' S P AGE 



Wednesday,. March 5, 1930 



Clothes and Clothes 

By Mollie Gray 



Palace Dance-Crazy 

Wliere are the voices of vaude- 
ville? For those who «.re crazy, 
actually crazy, about dancing, the 
present Palace bill Is a soul-stirring 
spectacle. All others viiW be bored 
to the last splinter. 

Ted Healy, ,M. C. C. (master co- 
medy collector) knows not only liis 
own business but everybody else's. 
Blonde with him looked best in 
pale yellow crepe with silk fringe 
trimming bodice and skirt. Marie 
Marion (Clifford and Marlon) fur- 
nished lier customary comedy and 
then surprised In a white gown of 
classic simplicity, full Icfigth skirt 
finished with deep scallops, string 
tie and most becoming coiffure. 

Ewing Eaton still an en,?aging lit- 
tle show. 'Wliite and Manning in 
their clever clowning the treat they 
were expected to be. Tiller Sun- 
shine Girls — 16 who dance as one — 
looked cute In their French sailor 
costumes. Those of Russian inspira- 
tion attractive, also, with gray hats 
,blue banded, black trousers and 
wide sleeves of orange. White open- 
ing costumes seemed a bit dejected. 

Henry Santrey and his great 
troupe presented practically an un- 
changed routine with such success 
It proves there is no reason why 
It— rshOTT M . b6_. olianged. _ Llazeed - 
Demnatl troupe of tumblers Show 
speed and don't dance. 

"Dance Mad" has no reference to 
the younger generation, but to Pal - 
iace patrons who expect variety on 
a bill. 



Costume Lighting 

Capitol presentation, "Color 
Rhythm,"' keeps splendid time. Most 
of the talent comes from Mr. Edison, 
but somebody else has adapted it 
very cleverly. Artists from Chester 
<J*ale open in satin smocks of 
changeable blue and green, doffing 
these for fringe of many colors 
and- wigs of many more. In their 
long ruffled frocks, lights made one 
group dark and at the same time 
made others light, finally achieving 
those technicolor favorites of blue 
and coral. Finale a human rain- 
bow of many crisp fiounces, bodices 
yello'w and feather headdresses 
mostly so. Backdrop wore a rain- 
bow,, too, of ruffles, the center was 
carried forward by a beautiful lady 
iwearlng a diadem all aglitter and 
a sense of Importance. Dave School- 
er must have been to dancing school 
while he was away, but he Is still 
welcome for his handiwork on the 
keyboard. 

Three'pianos in the Capitol grand 
orchestra, two of them played ex- 
ceptionally well by girls in a duet. 
Overture is "Themeology" of M-G-M 
hits. 



was naturally doomed to heavy 
metal brocades and fiashy black and 
gold tea gowns. Virginia Bruce also 
in metal cloth, one gown with hid- 
eous how treatment on the skirt, 
liapplly getting but a brief ap- 
pearance. Her white frock with 
stiff very full skirt was much more 
youthful and b icorping. 



Paucity of Clothes 

Very little on the clothes line at 
the 86th Street the first half. Clif- 
ford Wayne and Co. confined them- 
selves to their native Indian cos- 
tumes. Color line switched from 
red to black with Dotson, who 
talked to himself to get the right 
answers. 

Two girls with Arthur and Mor- 
ton Ilavel no longer change from 
sport frocks to evening gowns when 
"going to the dance" as they did 
when the act was new. Jimmy Savo 
does his best in that line, but Will 
Osborne really outshines him sar- 
torially. 



Heavy Hipp Attendance 

"The Lost, Zeppelin" found a 
Hippodrome audience climbing to 
the balcony In mid-day for seats. 
They had to wait for a smoker to 
-i t.rikPi n. matp.h beforft thev could 
find a seat. . Thbse^ jnatclies-^ later.. 
revealed sights usually seen under a 
moon. 

Miss Patrlcola, on the vaude bill, 
looked slimmer than usual in an at- 
tractive gown of flnia gold lace. 
Bodice went to a point in front, the 
several hems of the skirt finished 
with green net making a nice com- 
bination. An occasional rose, also. 

Lane Osborne and Chlco try to 
combine harps and toes, and- neither 
is noteworthy. Bright, distinctive 
costumes might have helped but 
they were not used, only an ordi- 
nary ruffled frock and again a blue 
and pink mistake and a rummage 
sale costume for a doll dance. 



Snubbing "ChaUve-Souris" 

The seven numbers of "Balleff's 
"Chauve-Sourls" cjjld be under- 
stood in any language so the Para- 
mount audience Is included. Nikita 
himself wasn't so easy in that big 
house, though some of his laughs 
did get over. Colorful and amus- 
ing as this entertainment is, the 
aisles were busy most of the time, 
faces pointed north. 

Screen had other comedy with 
Buck and Bubbles in a jail story, 
"In and Out," with some very in- 
teresting foot notes by the big fel- 
low. Mrs. Jesse Crawford, a bright 
spot for other reasons beside her 
orange color frock with its cape 
collar scalloped, hem side pointed. 



Studio Boots 



Hollywood, March 4. 

Two boulevard boot shops, 
run independently by brothers, 
shoe the ponies and . principles 
in most of the studio musical 
pictures. . 

Biggest studio sale was to 
Radio for J2,374 for 200-plus 
pairs of shoes in "Bio Rita." 
Order called for 99 pairs of 
white satin pumps; the re- 
mainder theatrical ties. 

Most expensive shoes for 
picture use were the $185 pair 
worn by Betty Compson in 
"The Great Gabbo." Factor of 
expense was the buckles, $90 
worth of rhinestones. 

Two stores are run by the 
Williams brothers. 



laugh. And to sustain the smile 
beyond the lobby, trick envelopes 
are distributed. 



'fOfficer O'Brien" Quite Human 

"Officer O'Brien" Is surprisingly 
good despite that discouraging .title. 
William Boyd as the title holder 
plays with little heroics and much 
human nature. Dorothy Sebastian 
has little opportunity here yet makes 
her moments mean something. Her 
light suit with a cutaway jacket had 
a collar of broadtail, and satin 
blouse. Sport coat of rough tweed 
wltl 

go6d"looRTiig.~ '"Black " telf used for 
trimming. On a dark silk frock 
with frilled collar a similar ,f rill 
topped the de"ep cuffs of silk. Rag- 
lan sleeves on the sport coat and 
self-covered buttons for the link 
cults in the suit. 



Things Have Changed Since— 



Tho following notice used to ap- 
pear in theatre programs: 

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT 

The use in theatres of the electric 
light is experimental. Its brilliancy 
la of incalculable advantage If it 
does not prove too intense; this 
may be obviated by flesh colored 
tinted mediums. It is our duty 
to give the new light the fairest 
and fullest trial and to reach the 



highest and best results attainable 
through experiment. 



J. J. McCarthy, across a lunch 
table in a little downtown restau- 
ant, argued Harry Aitken and 
D. W. Griffith into putting "Birth 
of a Nation" into the Liberty, N. T., 
for $2. 



MIAMI CHAHER 



Al Jolson used to hold up those 
Sunday night Winter Garden con- 
certs. 



Sophisticated Pajamas 

"Street of Chance" has chills and 
thrills and .no use for seat backs. 
Jean Arthur appears quite sophisti- 
cated in printed velvet pajamas 
with coat tied at the waist. A 
badger-trimmed tweed suit wasn't 
so typical. The perfectly groomed 
Kay Francis wore a very smart 
black suit with three-quarter length 
coat, fitted at the waist. Many dia- 
mond bracelets worn with a white 
chiffon gown made with lace bolero. 
The naiTow belt at the natural 
waistline closed with a jeweled 
buckle. But, of course, the real 
jewel is William Powell. 



State's Track Meets 

Every time one person leaves a 
front seat at the State a dozen 
do a 50-yard dash for it. Then 
the 49 disappointed contenders 
slowly retrace their steps. Those 
on the aisle seats get only fleeting 
glimpses of things. 

Grace Smith and Four Buddies 
Iflance an opening. Miss Smith 
wearing a pink velvet crystal flow- 
ered frock -with ostrich hem, fol • 
lowed later by a suspender dress of 
red and black satin. Tracey and 
Hay dance the closing, the girl's 
costumes Including a pink froc": 
and tam, white for an adagio, and 
gray and red satin. . Apache was 
cleverly and daringly performed, 
much the best numbers in their 
routine. 

"New Tork Nights" (UA) on the 
screen. 



Evelyn Brent's Ensemble ' 

"Slightly Scarlet" Isn't even pale 
pink as entertainment, much as it 
hurts a Brent-Bi-ook advocate to 
admit It. Crook heat crook, and 
the boy with the arrows takes all, is 
too familiar. Cllve Brook was only 
called a detective, really a jewel 
thief too, which was where all hope 
of originality faded. Miss Brent 
.y.'ore a beautiful evening ensemble 
with the , bead motif of the short 
black velvet ermine collared wrap 
carried into the white chiffon yown 
Natural waistline, slightly blouse d 
bodice and no back but her own 
Light colored suit buttoned its 
short jacked the full length with 
metal buttons. Black net gown with 
moulded hips and fullness near the 
floor still preserved an almost 
straight silhouette, as did the soft 
white gown. Small circular frill 
outlined the back decolletage and 
continued over the shoulders to the 
front neckline. Jeweled pin at the 
waist the only ornament, many 
bracelets being enough brightness. 
Helen Ware as a rich American 



Daring "Lady to Love" 

Vllma Banky Is "A Lady to 
Love" about which thjere can be no 
argument: This Is probably as 
strange a romance as tho screen has 
had the courage to present. An 
odd a,ssortment of characters. Tony, 
the elderly and wealthy owner of 
vineyard, decides to marry and 
falls Jn love with Lena, the beauti- 
ful waitress, who hasn't even no- 
ticed him. He pi'opbses by mail, 
enclosing the photo of a young man 
living with him. And the result 
is not as the first reel had the 
fans forecasting. 

It's been a long time since the 
screen has had an Italian character 
so natural as'lSdward G. Robinson 
makes Tony. Robert Ames Is the 
young m.an. Miss Banky's dark suit 
has the full length coat. Her print 
ed chiffon had short sleeves and a 
real hem. This waitress must have 
spent her life savings on her wed 
ding gown; 't was never a ready 
made with that perfect fit. Long 
tight sleeves, skirt of three tiers 
of maline, and a little frill softoa- 
ing the neckline. Assortment of 
dialects is Interesting, too. 



Pre- Broadway 

"The Blue Ghost," spending a 
week at the Boulevard Theatre in 
Jackson Heights prior — mayhap a 
long time prior — to Broadway, 
should be a mystery play to end 
all ' mystery plays. There is evi- 
dently nothing new to evoke a 
scre.im out of this kind of thin 
smoke; oven a"four-yc.ir-old watch- 
ed it undisturbed. Lyle Stackpole 
Is the woman in the case, wearing 
a handsome black velvet evening 
ensemble. Coat is made w^ith cir- 
cular flounce and trimmed with 
chinchilla. Gown has crystal shoul- 
der straps. Irregular back-dipping 
skirt, with narrow panels from the 
shoulders tying at the waist In back. 

Denouement the only surprise, 
sending tho audience away w-lth a 



Shops 

If the card players won't come to 
pictures the pictures will come to 
card players. New card gantie on 
sale at Sterns called "Kamera- 
Cards" with players contracting to 
make a picture in so many reels. 
Should create great sympathy for 
producers in general. 

No excuse for a handbag not 
matching something these days. At 
Altman's they are dhown in natural 
linen with colored eyelet embroid- 
ery; in lace tweed of light shades, 
one style with buttonhole flap clos- 
ing. Those In broadcloth use a fine 
cording in sombre tones around the 
edges. Pastel shades in shantung; 
a felt pouch bag carries a large 
monogram. Cinch cloth is ap- 
pliqued, with a circle of pigskin also 
used for a pull string on a sport 
bag; sponge cloth in bright colors 
trimmed with white. 

To match shoes Lord and Taylor 
has snakeskin bags with metal 
chains and dark leathers. One style 
with braided leather handle and 
colored enamel ornaments. Entire 
display of beige in Macy's com 
posed of many leathers. 

Underslips have naturally 
changed with the longer skirts, and 
now Franklin Simon also shows a 
silk nightgown with circular flounce, 
dark lace used for trimming. Colors 
are pink and peach, 

Knox has a tricky little frock of 
lustrous plaid silk of black, green 
or red background, with tuck in 
blouse, pleated skirt, wide flat bow 
of velvet from a corner of the 
square neckline and they call it 
"shirtwaist dress." 



BIRTHS 



Mr. and Mrs. Pat Flaherty, a son 
Father is general manager Rod Star 
Music Co. Mother is daughter of 
Humbert Fugazy, Brooklyn sports 
promoter. • •, 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Pollock 
Rochester, twins (boy and girl), re 
cently. Father is assistant manager 
Loew's Rochester theatre. 

Mr. and Mrs Edward II. Knopf, a 
daughter, Feb. 25, in Hollywood 
(Cal) Hospital. Father Is Para 
mount director. 

Mr. and Mrs, Sam Ki-lmsteln, 
.=on, In Chicago, Feb. 21, Father 
president of E eahay Art Studio, 



(Continued from Page 50) 

their place to the scribblers. Boys 
are much obliged for a great time. 

Virginia Hawkins deserted Miami 
Beach for Palm Beach. 

Col. Green, of the Hetty Green 
tribe, has a window awning for the 
top of his gearless car. 

Folks of Miami Beach wondering 
who the gent is at the Roney-Plaza, 
who wears brown shorts, like the 
trunks of a bathing suit, day and 
night. Tall fellow with nothing to 
Hayi, Prize mystery of the section. 

Walter Howey flew back to New 
rol-k after the fight. 

ohnny Brwl^rl'ck, plain clothes— 
man, known to all Broad wayife^ 
was here. 

Miami Beach dedicating the month 
of March to sporting events. One 
of the greatest programs yet, with 
polo first, then swimming and golf; 

two-day regatta; LaGorce golf 
tournament, with a purse of $15,000 
to attract the world's best. 

George Gershin has written the 
music for the finale of the Circque 
d'Hiver to be given the first week 
In March at the Miami Beacli 
Garden theatre for charity. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Powers at 
the Fleetwood, far from Chicago's 
everberations. 

Bernard Glmbel, not only good at 
merchandising, but an aquatic ace. 
The merchant swims the lenth of 
a 100-foot pool under water, which 
is a featured performance every 
Sunday by athletic club stars here. 
He does it for pastime. They get 
paid. 

John Golden working now instead 
of basking. Helping the Miami the- 
atre group to prepare his play, "Be- 
tween Us Three," which he intends 
to produce in New York. 

Mrs. John B. Denvir, society wo 
man, was the peanut girl at the 
Bath Club's Circus. 

Helen O'Shea opened at the Ro 
man Pools. Formerly of the Casa 
nova and Helen Morgan clubs. 

S. S. Kresge spending his dimes 
hereabout. 

David Lawrence guest of the 
Frank E. Gannetts in Collins street. 

Paul Butler goes for polo in a 
big way. He has seven polo fields at 
his establishment In Hinsdale, Illi- 
nois, and has two ranches in the 
west to raise his mounts. He spends 
his winter knocking the ball around 
in Miami Beach. Tough life! 

Harry Payne Whitney, although 
not expected here this year, arrived 
at the Roney and attended the 
fights.' 

Everybody knows, of course, that 
Gene Tunney is around Miami Beach 
with Polly Lauder. In one night 
club the other nght the orchestra 
took out a number, which is a trav- 
esty on the Dempsey-Tunney fight, 
when word reached the place Tun 
ney was on the way over. Bernard 
Gimbel gave them a party at the 
Lido last week. 

Charles B. Dillingham a guest iat 
the Roney Plaza and, incidentally, 
his middle name is Bancroft, but no 
relative of George's. 

Another fashion show, this time 
at the Flamingo hotel next Thurs 
day. 

Edward Shumaker, pres. of the 
RCA-Victor Company, guest at the 
Roney. Away frorn the cares 'of 
handling 200,000 employes. 

Mr. and Mrs. David Beattj', Jr.^ 
at Deauville. 

Better biz at the smart Embassy 
Club brought about Frank Ford's 
re-signing the artists, scheduled to 
be dropped. 

Marvelous weather for the past 
seven days. 



S. L. Rothafel had charge of the 
Regent theatre, at 116th and Sev- 
enth Ave., N. Y., with the house 
staff decked out in white gloves. 



Frank Lloyd played heavies for 
Otis Turner. 



Hunt Stromberg exploited "Lying 
Lips." 



Gertrude Olmstead's reward for 
winning an Elks' beauty contest 
was the lead opp Hoot Gibson. 



Ruth Roland wore a butterfly bow 
as the Kalem Girl. 



MARRIAGES 

Rhcba Crawford, Salvation .^rmy 
girl known as "Angel- of Broadway,' 
to Ray Spllvalo, local broker, Feb 
24 in,Sa.> Francisco. 

Helen Dean, pictures, to Dr. Myron 
B. Fractman, San Francisco surgeon 
last week in Reno, Nev. 



Fatty .Arbuckle made a pictur© 
called "The Life of the Party," 



Nazimova was the highest paid 
player in pictures. 



-Wili~Hays-play.ed..postDfHce,...,. 



Jeanie MacPherson played leads 
n Criterion pictures. 



Tod frowning was in R-M come- 
dies as Tod Browning. 



Mildred Harris wore curls. 



Francis ' Ford played Abraham 
Lincoln in "From Rail Splitter to 
President." 



Brass 
lobby. 



railings made a classy 



Viola Dana wore i-ompers. 



A million was a lot of dollars. 



Nobody knew the name of The 
Biograph Girl. 



Penrhyn Stanlaws directed pic- 
tures. 



Haverly's Mastodons played to 
$1,400 of a Saturday night in San 
Francisco and thought they were 
doing big business. 



Lester Wallack played the title 
role in Burnand's "The Colonel" 
when it came to his New York thea- 
tre after someone else had played 
it at the Boston Museum on its 
first performance in America. 



Rube Bernstein was a billposting 
sniper at the Stiar, Toronto. 



Ralph Kettering did publicity for 
Jones, Linlck and Shaefer.. 



Mort Singer produced shows at 
the La Salle, Chicago. 



Balaban and Katz put up the 
Central Park in Chlcasjo, first dc- 
lu.\e house in ihe country. 



Milt Schuster 
burlesque. 



was a comic in 



"Dardanella" was about the only 
tune the band at Healy's Gold«n 
Glades ever played. 



Montgomery and Stone played 
"The Wizard of Oz" at the old 
Academy of Music. 



Samuel Blythe used what is sup- 
posed to have been the first type- 
writer in hewspaperdom on a 
Rochester, N. Y.. sheet. 



Walter Reade was advertising 
agent for the old iletroplis in' the 
Bronx, N. Y. 



Tom Henry (Boston) was a litho- 
grapher with the Sells-Forcpaugh 
show. 



Jini B;i,rton was second comic 
with "Hello Paree" (American bur- 
lesque). 



(icorpe M. Cohan was .a mcmbiT 
of the Four Cohans with IIyde'.-< 
Comedians. 



Harry. Kurtzman, now managin.g, 
the Hyde and Behman Estate, man- 
aged the Gayety, Pittsburgh. 



Frank Damsell was a straight 
man on the Columbia circuit. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



WOMEN' S PAGE 



VARIETY 



'53 



Uncommon Chatter 



By Ruth Morris 



Good Old Burlesque 
"Ladies and Gentlemen. Now I 
•want to tell you about a little book 
I have on sale. 'Hot Dog' it's called, 
and hot it is. The greatest little 
book ever printed — and only 15 
cents. It treats the subject of sex 
with a laugh. Some may find this 
book funny; others may find it of- 
fensive, but if you're really broad- 
minded you're going to enjoy this 
collection of snappy stories. It has 
pictures of girls dressed just the 
way you like to see them. All for 
fifteen cents and money back If you 
think It's not the finest kind of a 
book you've ever seen." 

So starts the entertainment at the 
Columbia, cathedral of burlesque. 
No matter how protestingly the re- 
porter may go to cover the assign- 
ment, it's always fun. Burlesque Is 
so flagrantly itself— with Its bark- 
ers, red-nosed comics, spangles, in- 
accurate music, impersonal- run- 
way girls and childishly deliberate 
attempts at wickedness. 

This week's attraction, "Burlesque 
Review," is just the type, starting 
off with a rapid patter chorus that 
greets the audience with "Hello, 
folks, we're here today to please 
you." Then follows something about 
syncopation Tuling the nation. A 



truly ■ represeniauvfi. .. lyrfc,. .. made' 
more charactertistlc by the fact that 
only one word out of five is enunci- 
ated. The production ha« Harry 
Pearce, who has everything" that a 
burlesque comic should have (in- 
cluding the parenthecized middle 
name of "Pep"), but the divine gift 
of being funny. He's a likeable lit- 
tle fellow, with a Cockney accent, 
<;ork stippling on his jaws, white 
lips;, perfectly beautiful red nose, 
and a hilarious ability to flatten his 
voice and make it sound as though 
it. were coming through an imper- 
fect microphone. 

Style at the Columbia is easy to 
cover— It takes in so little territory. 
It adds to Its working basis (bras- 
siere arid trunks) little elaborations 
of spangles, fringe and coy rosettes. 
If ever a burlesque costume looked 
new and fresh, that would be news. 

One of the b€(st parts of the en- 
tertainment is furnlished by a pre- 
<;lsion dance troupe. The girls are 
much too bored to work In unison, 
60 they kick at random. 

If the production should become 
boring while working its way Up to 
some obvious gag, reading of the 
program offers entertainment. It 
forecasts next week's bill as "The 
Sensational Sporty Widows" with a 
"Humdinger Chorus" and the an- 
nouncement that the show has been 
indorsed by a traveling salesman. 
Subtitle for the present attraction 
also makes worthwhile reading: "An 
Entrancing Potpourri of Humorous 
Incidents Encased In Melody." And 
over on the back page there Is a 
note that Theatre Parties Can Be 
Arranged for Any Show — making it 
completely convenient for the 
Drama League of East Passaic. 

^ood old burlesque! 



"Flying Kigh" 
• iuorge White's musical is "Fly- 
ing High" without the slightest 
foeliflg of falling below, box office 
.standards. Its book Is Just one of 
those things — this time a trans-con- 
tinental air i-ace — but it's grand 
•entertainment. Trite plot is more 
than compensated by the above- 
•nverage personalities of its prin- 
cipals. Primarily there is Bert Lahr 
who needs only to Intone an im- 
passioned "unong-unong-unong" to 
be awfully funny. Only a grand 
score could sustain the number of 
reprises occurring through the .show. 
"Thank Your Father" and "Without 
Love" .stand up boat aftor many ren- 
ditions. 

The chorus i.s ilressed well with 
a nice blending of costume and 
dance design for indefatigable Bobby 
- Connolly numbers. Grace Brinkley 
is a pretty ingenue with a more- 
than-blah personality, and Pearl 
'Osgood, in .spite of her not so funny 
lines, is a cute comedienne who can 
step out with swell taps. .I'oseph 
I'rhan sets ai-o prrand. 



Telling the Visitors 
To insure a really good lime al 
fi) oDening night the .spoclatbr 
should contrive to .secure scats in 
front of a Kcsidcnt Ituyer and. hi.s 
.^vifo giving a theatre party for out- 
of-town friends. That is tlic surest 
^vay to have celfljrities in the audi- 
<■"'•<• ))iilntcd out. The lecture may 
>^<ii)nd snmotliing like this: 

"Oh, yes, we get to a lot of ojx-n- 
iiiKs. U'ould you like to have mc 
point out .some of the celel)rltles? 
\\'ell, let's .SCO— that's Hope Hamp- 
down Jn tlie first row... oh my, 
>e.s.. . She's a famous dancer. Hoc 
ihiu old man .she's silting with, 
i'liiii's ln'i- Inisband. lie luis mil- 



lions. He sells kodaks, or soiiie- 
thing. 

"See that blonde coming in? 
That's Frances Williams. Oh no. 
It Isn't Fiances Williams after all. 
Jack, isn't it funny how. mUoh thai 
girl looks like Frances AVilliams? 
Well, I'll point her out when she 
does come in. 

"Oh, my dear, this is a treat for 
you. There's Jimmy Walker. Yes, 
you know, he's our Mayor. I don't 
know who the fat man with him is." 
(The "fat man" being Dudley Field 
Malone looking his prettiest and 
unfattest.) 

'That little boy? Yes, he does 
look like Eddie Cantor — but 1 don't 
think— no, that isn't Eddie. Maybe 
it's his son. Jack, when you go 
outside see if you can find out if 
that's Eddie Cantor's son. 

"Oh, look. Jack — there's Helen 
Kane. Remember the night we met 
her at Harry's party? Of course 
yoii remember her dear — ^you know, 
the 'voo-voo-de-voop girl.' And 
that funny man who appears in pic- 
tures with her — no, not Conrad 
Nagel' — oh, why can't I remember 
his name? 

''There's Otto Kahn well, he 

looked like Otto Kahn and look, 
right over in the corner...." 

But the first act curtain ends the 
show. ; ' 



Mei Lan-Fang' 

Anything as different from West- 
ern conception of the theatre as 
Mei Lan-Fang's company couldn't 
possibly be uninteresting. It's so 
utterly different, with its artificial 
graces, gorgeous costumes, shrill in- 
tonations and squeaking music. The 
most Indignant scoffer at his pos- 
turing technique must recognize 
that Lan-Fang Is a master of his 
art — that he is a supremely grace- 
ful dancer and fluid pantomlmist. 
But it seems impossible for an Occi- 
dental to appreciate fully an art so 
burled In tradition that even the 
slightest gesture Is studied and 
symbolic. ITnquallfied enthusiasm, 
which Ignores the fact that Lan- 
Fang's acting at times must seem 
highly comic to a Western observer, 
or that his shrill Intonations ring 
maddeningly in the ears hours after 
they've sounded, seems like nothing 
niore than artistic affectation. Such 
over-appreciation Is as annoying as 
the lack of sympathy and under 
standing that a rude audience gave 
to La Argentlnlta at her first ap- 
pearance in America. 

Much of the enjoyment of Lan 
Fang's performance for American 
audiences depends on Miss Soo 
Yong, who in pure soft diction out 
lines the plots ' of the Chinese 
dramas. She possesses all the graces 
of her country's culture. Lan-Fang 
himself introduces a new fashion in 
fainting — the idea being to grow 
rigid, open the eyes wide and then 
let the ■ pupils progress slowly 
toward the bridge of the nose. You, 
of course, won't be rude enough to 
laugh at It audibly, but there's noth 
ing to prevent enjoyment of a silent 
chuckle. 

His tremendous success has ex- 
ploded the prevailing theatrical 
.superstition In regard to peacocks 
Many managers, believing that they 
bring hard luck, will not have even 
a representation of them in their 
productions. Lan-Fang has two 
magnificent peacocks embroidered 
on his front drop and stage backing 
and has been playing to capacity, 
sijggesting that, perhaps, the jinx 
doesn't apply to Chinese actoi'S. 



Roxy's Stage 

There are interesting and lovel 
effects at this Rcxy this week i 
a variegated program going all tb 
way from an imaginative snow 
spectacle to a southern idyll under 
the "Lazy Lou'slana Moon." Cos 
tumes and backing contrive a beau 
tiful scene for "SnowlUikes"— thi 
former, in blue, white and silvei 
doited with puffy strands of mari 
bou, I)ackcd with the cydorami 
lighted from white into deep blue. 
Ragged chiffon drapes create an 
ui)per frame for the pictiir(>, late 
brightened by th.-. introduction of 
the Koxyettes in scarlet .-uxl hlaf 
skating ( iistiunes. 

Shift in mood dfCcrs a .sirikinL, 
contr.'isl in the next nun)l>ei-- -a ni"- ; 
chanical solo )jy Von (li-oiia, ex-] 
idained as the ••.'<i)ii-)i of Labor." i. 
jit is an intci-fstiiiK intci'in-i'iailon. [ 
I made more iin))rc.>.sive by hiivii):.' 
the fiance niovenvnts throsMi in I'cd 
shallow against a fllfi' while liav-k- 
ing. 

Wlia ti'Vc)' the l^nxy docs in thi' 
way of amplin.'.':! ion to its or- 
chestra should he Slopped. It's a\ 
crime 10 have the work of sneli a' 



Did You Know That 



Betty Compton has the 
darkest coat of tan in town , . , . 
Dave Stamper is said to have 
disappeared from the Fvtt lot, 
having simply put on his hat 
and left....Borl received a 
tremendous ovation at the 
Metropolitan when she sang 
"Louise". .. .Grace Moore look- 
ed charming In a burgundy 
hat and mink wrap, sitting 
in the audience. .. .the Jack 
Warners are supposed to com© 
east on a visit. . . .Harry Puck 
is staging the dances and act- 
ing in the new Shubert 
called "Three Little 
..Louis Shurr, Ix)uis 
Mr. and Mrs. Jack 
Genevieve Tobin, 
John Hundley, Bobbie Perkins, 
Herb Harris, Gertrude Mac- 
Donald and Hei-b Fields all at- 
tended a Mayfair farewell 
party for Irene Delroy . . . . Joe 
Shea is here from Hollywood 
for a month on a business trip 
. . . .Harriett Hoctor's toe danc- 
ing should be preserved by the 

camera It is said that 

Marlon Davles gives diamond 
bracelets and other lavish gifts 
to her friends at Christmas 
time. . . .Louella Parsons is in 
town to attend her daughter 
\\ho Is -very "ill. .. .Harlan 
Thompson is writing Beatrice 

-LtH-i«lS— B«W — pietnrq for FoX 



operetta 
Maids". . 
Warner, 
Whiting, 



. .Jimmy Hall -has. a nasty., 
case of Kleig eyes. . . .Mrs. Roy 
Smeck is wearing a new dia- 
mond bracelet. . . .The quardu- 
peds in "Flying High" are 
said to be really two sets of 
t w i n s. ,. .Mayfair furnished 
snowballs, streamers, beards, 
hats and other favors Satur- 
day night and it was 
swaaaaelllll. . . .Wa r d More- 
hou.se is going to Europe and 
Asia after dark news for 
the "Sun".... the craze for long 
evening gloves has not become 
popular as yet in California. . . . 
prints will certainly be worn 
this summer, especially for 
evening. .. .Lucllla Mendez 
looked very smart in chartreuse 
velvet at the George White 
opening. . . . Johannesen has a 
smart ne-v brown linen hat 
....the cheer leader for Co- 
lumbia basketball games looks 
just like Roy Royston open- 
ing night of "Flying High" 
Bert Lahr's dresser got a wire 
saying, "I know you'll be 
good." 



Wisdom for the Woeful 

By Nellie Revell 



This department, conducted by Miss Revell, has been instituted as a 
weekly feature and is placed at the service of any "Variety" reader. 
Matter submitted to Miss Revell will be treated confidentially. No 
attention will be paid to unsigned letters, but real names will always be 
suppressed. 

Miss Revell may be addressed at the Hotel Somerset, West 47th street, 
or care "Variety," New York. ; 

look elsewhere. ITowovor, if your 
heart is set on ihls one girl, why 
don't you try to make her jciUous, 
or treat her with iiidiffcrence? 
Probabln your error was in Idling 
her know too soon you loved her. 
It may be done that way in flclion, 
but in life different tactics are 
sometimes advisable. 



Dear Mi.ss Revell: I am In trouble. 
I have been in New York a year 
and have, been working in a night 
club. I like a musician in the or- 
chestra. He can't or won't marry 
roe and I can't take a baby home 
for my widowed mother to support. 
I am nearly frantic. Please advise 
me. AnguisJied. 

Answer: Advice seems so futile in 
your case, but by all means have 
your baby and take care of it. It 
will be an Incentive to spur you on 
to better efforts. You may be a big 
star some day and make the baby 
vei-y proud of you. Some of our 
greatest stars got bad breaks in 
their youth. Do not let one false 
step discourage you. 



good organization spoiled by sift- 
ing its tone through shrill micro- 
phones. 



Another Sally 

A statistician might have an in- 
teresting session determining the 
number of times since the birth of 
the American moving picture that a 
lovelorn. Incoherent hero, upon be- 
ing told the heroine's name, has 
commented: "Gee, that's a pretty 
name — Sally." He lingei's over the 
name with a vocal caress as his 
glance travels somewhat emptily 
toward the second balcony and his 
expression, which looks a little ill, 
is supposed to suggest that he's 
glimpsing the most beautiful things 
of life. Sally could be only a good 
girl. 

"l.'ndertow" is a film whose 
dreariness is worthy of Eugene 
O'Neill or any one of those jolly 
Russian dramatists — a story In 
wliich the sweet Sally Is brought 
by her husband to live in a lonely 
llghlhouse and go politely mad from 
the ioneliness of it all. Sevei-al 
dranuitic situations at the. end of 
Die lilrn do not compensate for its 
general dullness. 

Mary Nolan photographs del- 
icait.dy as Sally. Dialog given her 
is so p(jor it's difficult to rate hor 
])C)-rurn)ance. 



Hollywood Cycle 
)r "I.ei'.s Go Places" is any 
critci'ion, .picture raidicnces aiv in 
for ;i cycle of films dealing With 
"i>ai-\siaKa" glimpse? ()f moving 

pli-tiiii' siiulio.s. Al.so, if "i>eCs ('•<> 
J'laics" is any crite)-ion, the cycle 
i« Liiiinu' 10 be /lOt so diverting. 
There's )iothing prirticulai'ly bad in 
ihc lilni. -S'eill)(;r is Diere anything 
liariiciil.irly good. It's in'ijMcicni. 
stcri-otyiied, studio-typed eulcr- 
t;ili)iiti-iit. Lola Lane,. Sharon 
Lynn.. Dixie I.,€e ;ird Ilka Chase do 
the Uipy (;ari with blah paiis. 

and Kdcllc Kane and Charles .Indel^ 
;i)-c genuinely funny with niijuiems 
oi" [Mioncy ]'')ench dialog, 



Dear Madam: My son is 18 years 
old, very good looking and has a 
fine voice. He Is also considered a 
very good dancer. He i/ants to go 
on the alago but — omJcrstatitls— he-ftr-utlK- 
must sTarY'lrt "tlTe 'fliWUS; I "have 



been told that chorus men are not 
respected. Would he have any fu- 
ture as a chorus man? Mrs, M. 

Answer: If he has looks and tal- 
ent he has as much chance for a 
successful stage career as any of 
our musical comedy stars. In fact, 
most of them began as chorus men. 
A chorus boy Is respected as much 
as any one else in the theatre, if he 
rates it. It is entirely up to the 
man himself. 



Dear Friend: I have been working 
with a girl partner for three years 
and we don't seem to get ahead. 1 
have a chance to team with a man 
partner. While he Is clever and 
could get bookings on the strength 
of his act,, he has an offensive per- 
sonality and would probably make 
advances to me that would split 
the act. Do you think I ought to 
take a chance with him? 

Cautious. 
Answer: If I were you, I think I 
would wait until another fellow 
comes alon'fe whose personality is 
not repellant to you and who pos- 
sesses the same talents as the man 
you mention. Stick to your, girl 
partner for the present and try for 
a musical comedy o.- rCvue engage- 
ment. It might change your luck. 



Dear Miss: My brothei* and I are 
working with a young lady who is 
very essentlaVto*ur act. I am ter- 
ribly In love with her but she never 
notices me. And ;.hc seems to like 
my brother, always saying nice 
things to and about Iilm. He is 
married and crazy about his wife 
and baby. What can I do to make 
her transfer her affections to me, 
who is In every wy worthy of her 
love? Acrobat. 

Answer; I fear your problem is 
beyond me. If the lady won't re- 
ciprocate your love, you had better 



Dei\r Lady: I am In the chorus of 
a Broadway musical show. The 
comedian Is always trying to date 
me up. I am afraid If I don't go 
out Willi him I will lose my job. 
And if r do accept his attentions, 
I'll lose my sweetheart, who is in 
the chorus oC the .same show. What 
shall 1 do? Dora. 

Answer: I believe if you tell the 
comedian you are in love wiih the 
young man '^e will cease his atten- 
tions to you, and probably help you 
both to advancement. I liappen to 
know him very well and know he is 
just that lype of man. Tell him the 



• Dear Madam: I am an e.vtra girl 
and never seem to get. any further 
than the mo'b scenes. I have been 
told I register well, and I am not 
hard to look at but fltlU I just don't 
seem to advance. The directors are 
always pl-omising me parts but they 
never materialize. I just don't seem 
to get the breaks. What shall I do 
to better myself? Extra Girl. 

Answer: Breaks is right, my dear, 
but luck will .smile on you .sooner or 
later. Thei-e Is a great demand 
now for camera-wise girls and, as 
you know, many of our biggest stars 
got their (hance through an emer^ 
gency. Keep on looking and doing 
your best and be fit to welcome 
opportunity when it knocks. 



Dear Miss R: I am trying to get 
Into vaudeville. I believe I have 
some talent. T am considered a very 
good tap dancer and have person- 
ality. 1 have a fair voice and my 
friends say I look and act like 
George Jessel. How can I land on 
the stage? 

Frank. 

Answer: Send mc a self -addressed 
and stamped envelope and I will 
forward you a list of agents and 
vaudeville producers who might help 
you, If you really have talent. Why 
Insist that you look like Jessel? 

Postscripts 
Alice; I have no Idea what salary 
he draws. Discouraged: If your 
statements are correct, you will find 
aid and comfort at the Actors' Fund. 
Rose: The lady you see at open- 
ings with that gentleman is his 
mother. Comedian: If your act con- 
tained as much humor as you be- 
lieved your letter to me doe.s, It 
would be working. J. H.: I don't 
like to discourage you, but I hon- 
estly do not see any future for your 
act. 



I 

Oddities of Hollywood 



By the Skirt 



Hollywood do<:s .sonx.'lhing to people's memories. 

Fantastic parlies, all ending the .same way, cards 0))d dice. 

Brilliant red linger nails. 

1'ho moving picture star who is said to he collecting dialects. 
JOrmlne and gum. 

Leo Mori'lson's night club. Sure of a crowd. ' 

Police in uniform conspicuous by their absence. Plain clothes inen 
aplenty. 

One de.scription of the town, "Done in Technicolor." 
Fortune spent sending flowers to visitors. 

The death knell one restaurant dealt itself by adverllsinp, "(."nnie 
;. nd .fee the stars cat." 

Huge solitaire diamonds deternilnc the social status. 
]''ur coat.s and bare legs. 

The film st-ir who receives a casket like box of nn'vci'- r-\ciy wee):. 

The Checking up of the husband.". 

I'olo coat -craze. 

High ..osi of ladies ap))arel, 

'50 west but dress easi. 

-\"o no's in Ihc Holly wo(jd dici Ion, iry. 

f.ondoii bad in winier, so is Hollywood. I-'ul-.s ju.-i ,. ilmi. 
.\rthur (,'.ieser. 

The odd black satin slipper left In a (.'alicnle linn:;alo\s. 
Wealtliy Iilm name driving a l-'oi'd lo save gas, 
•'alherine l>al(; OWeii, ihe slmlio.s' ide:i of jiohilily. 
Tr-Tinls and swimming. 

i'rojeciioji room, once ov<'is. " ; 

''*a)-rying maps wlien vi.siliii^; Hills. 



VARIETY 




EDITOR I A L 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



yXniETY 



Trade Mark Reelstered 
PobUshed Weekly br VARIED. Ino 
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164 Weat 46th Street New York City 



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SUBSCRIPTION: 
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,26 Centa 


VOL. XCVIII 




No. 8 



15 YEARS AGO 

{From Variety and Cltpper) 



Newest drift of the picture busi- 
ness was toward serials, due in part 
to the success of Reliance's (Mu- 
■ tual) "Mutual Girl." Serials were 
. announced by Kalem and Universal 
besides the leader In the chapter 
story Idea, Pathe. 

. General Film was still breaking 
tip. New report was that its gen- 
eral manager, Percy L. Waters, 
would throw his fortunes with the 
film interests of IClaw & Erlang^r, 
...who looked like a big future influ- 
ence in the Industry. 

Record admission scale for picr 
^tU>i6Srcam T e ' f ro m ■ eii^etB-nartjT--\\there- 
a tailor and a news dealer ope"hed. 
a store show on Central avenue. In 
the densest populated district with 
a scale starting at 3 cents. 



Approached for vau,deville dates, 
John McCormack, the Irish tenor, 
mentionad that his figure was $25,- 
000 a week, based on his customary 
guarantee of $1,500 a concert, 
which,, figured on' 14 performances 
a week, would make the total. Ne- 
gotiations got no further. 



■ Valcska Suratt promised to do a 
blackface sketch as her next, 
starting In Hammersteln's Vic- 
toria. Music was to be provided 
by Irving Verlin. 



One of the first ticket speculator 
scandals started In Chicago, where 
one of the Aldermen declared In 
open session the people were being 
taken for $200,000 a year by the 
holdout of the best seats of hits 
which found their way into gyps' 
hands. 



"The Birth of a Nation" openfed 
at the Liberty, New York, first pic- 
ture play to play at a $2 scale. 



50 YEARS AGO 

. (.From Clipper) ■ 



Charles S. Parnell, Irish agitator, 
was touring, the States lecturing 
and propagandizing a free Ireland, 
Coming into Bridgeport, Ohio, an 
expected demonstration was absent, 
because the mob had mistaken 
Harry J. ClapHam, manager of 
Barlow, Wilson, Primrose &' West 
Minstrels, for the great Parnell aind 
given him the reception on his ar- 
rival. 



"Hearts of Oak," by James A 
Herne, father of Crystal Heme of 
more recent fame, and David Be 
lasco in partnership was produced 
for the first time at the Arch Street 
theatre, Philadelphia. 



. Jin» Ward, onetime boxing cham 
pion of England, now 80 years old, 
appeared at his own benefit In 
Shoredltch, England, and agreed to 
give a sparring exhibition. They 
picked a young opponent, who 
pulled his punches until the old 
man indignantly knocked him 
through the ropes to encourage 
him to mix it. r 



Theatrical entertalnmSnts, to which latter affairs the generul public 
Is sometimes admitted, apparently are to continue as a regular part of 
the program offered in the prisons of New Tork State despite demands 
made, since the riots at Auburn and Dannemora, that they be stopped. 
Claim is these performances afford opportunities for the smuggling in 
of weapons. 

Before a legislative committee probing Into prison Tr.atters, Commis- 
sioner of Correction R. F. C. Kleb declared that he was heartily in favor 
of theatrical shows, radio broadcasts, and similar amusement, on the 
grounds that they improved the morale of the convict bodies. 

In the north of Berlin In the cellar of the Walhalla theaitre. one of 
Berlin's most continually unsuccessful houses, is a. cabaret called "Carow's 
Laugh Theatre." Although upstairs the' theatre Is only sparaely filled, 
down below It is jammed every night. 

Here Ernst Carow, a few years ago a clown In a small traveling circus, 
has established himself as a favorite! His undiluted knockabout is just 
what they want. This was all right until some of the newspaper boys 
discovered him and the tuxedos and decolletees began to make their 
appearance. 

So the Scala has enfeaged him as the feature of Ita March bill at a 
salai-y said to be higher than that of Grock, who tops them all over 
there. 



Inside Stuff— Pictures 



Fally Markus-Birman servlce-burefiu in New Tork Is placing numerous 
vaude layoffs In non-pr'o jobs. Markus, the former ihdle vaude booker, 
receives numerous calls .every day from vaude people seeking help. 
Markus has sent many of them to theatres, two houses having been 
equipped from manager to ushers by Fally. A well known juvenile, out 
of work and broke, last week got a job from Markus as an elevator boy 
at $80 a month. 

Markus is reluctant to tell much of his efforts to place vaude lay- 
offs other than admit his agency had &een a lot of acts out of work so 
long they were wiJUng to take anything to. keep frg^m starving. 

A thea t re asl ced-^MyL'k-us--f-ep--a--sid&w^Uc— ^ Man 'whp groU the 

job was a former pipe organist in a'Keith 'theatre"ftfr years^.,._ 



Max Berol Konorah has celebrated his 26th anniversary as president 
of the Internationale Artlsten Loge (the German Vaudeville Performers 
Union). Konorah has been in vaudeville since 1889, traveling with his 
wife and doing t,he announcing for her mind reading turn. 

He was not one of the founders of the union, started in 1901, but 
joined during the first year and was elected to the executive committee. 
In 1904 he became president. He organized the union with such energy 
that he was boycotted In Germany and had to play in foreign countries. 
In 1907, as he was too little at home, he gave up his career and settled 
down to running the organization. To him Is due to a large extent 
the powerful position which the association now holds. 

As he Is now taking over the new state controlled performers agency, 
which is taking the place of the former private agents, it is planned to 
elect him as honorary president of the union. 



(Continued from page 18) 

adding a few scenes of burlesque and hoklng the title.?. Result was ef- 
fective and the audience okayed the kidding. Author of the novel, how- 
ever, .take? himself a trifle seriously and protested the jazzing up o£ 
his work. 



Another outburst of malicious attacks on the personal lives of two 
well known screen stars in a national fan magazine has Incensed the 
producers to a iiegree where they are devising means to stop repetition, 
in this case 'It was :an out and out Intention to become sensational in 
exposing the life of a father and son who are now bpth well known 
figures on the screen. Writer claimed the divorced mother of thie son 
Ig coaching him to compete With his father for higher screen laurels. 

Writer later become western editor for another national fan mag 
which won't do the publisher of the latter much good If the producers 
bar her from the studios. 



Studio p. a. notified a. downtown Los Angeles theatre that his firm 
would not co-operate In any more exploitation tie-ups involving the 
loaning of players, unless the theatre first placed a cash deposit to cover 
possible expense. 

Edict followed a recent theatre tie-up with a local ballroom for which 
the studio supplied 20 chorines. Bill for new shoes for some of the gals 
and for cleaning costumes, amounting to more than $100, was sent to 
the ballroom, the operators of which turned It over for payment to the 
theatre. Neither paid arid the studio took the loss. 



A foreigner, working on a foreign version In Hollywood as technical 
director, offered to translate a song that was to be sung In the picture. 
He was allowed to do this and then a college professor called at his 
home. Prof, said that he had been engaged by the studio to look over 
the translation. The prof, didn't know the language, getting the mis- 
sion on a v^bluff, so merely asked the translator if it v/as all right .and 
let It go at that. Technical advisor naturally okayed his own transla- 

-tlAK iiiiil 11m |.nftfag<a>Yrf--w^<»<vnjacJjui.«a_/if_lt all tnnV it hn p.k to the Rtlldtn. 

Pay off ds that- ttoe- prof; was .well paid' for Ills services. ■- - 



To avoid accummulatlon of standees In outer lobbies, and to keep 
-"within fire rules, ushers In the Broadway picture palaces are almost 
giving patrons the rush act in practically dragging holders of orchestra 
•seats to the balcony. 

Come-on promise by the iishcr is that he'll get a seat for you down- 
stairs as soon as one's vacant. .You never, hear from him again. The 
other day, at one of the big de luxers, a customer r.alsed quite a fuss 
about it all. 



Inside Stuff-^Music 



An actress recently arrived in Hollywood seeking* picture work en- 
dowed with a mysterlo'us fortune. She made it annoying for one of tlK> 
local press agents In charge of a premiere opening by calling him several 
times to make sure he would identify and announce her over the radio 
when she arrived. 

Each time the girl advised the p.] a. she had changed her mind on her 
wearing apparel, but would be sure to drive up in an aliimlnum-bodled 
car. , ■ ' . 



Because Wltmark was in need of a plug song, Warners turned over 
the Remilck number, "SIttin' On a Doorstep," to Witmark, 

Tune, composed by Young, Lewis and Pollock, has been on the Remick 
catalog for four months but has not been "given piucli plugging. Wit- 
mark will give the tune heavy exploitation. 



Mechanicals have been kept alive, according to disc dealers, by the 
coupling of radios with phonographs. Were It not for this, many in the 
business state, there would be hardly any future market for discs. 

Of the four better known radio-phonograph combination Instruments, 
three are manufactured by recording companies. These, were apparently 
started In realization that sales of phonographs were shot and would kill 
the disc' business unless preventive measures were taken. Combination 
sells, on the average, for about $100 more than a radio set alone. 



On the Pacific Coast, the Jimmy Durante disc of "I Ups at Him" is 
popular. When "Road House Nights," the. Paramount feature with 
Durante In. it, was announced for release, the San Francisco Paramount 
exchange hit upon the expedient of having the song record phono- 
graphically played to Identify Jimmy, as the singer and as one of the 
billed comedians in the talker. 

This was done all over the main streets of the town and became quite 
a ballyhoo. "^Jps" Is a prevailing record rage up and do-wn the Coast, 
It developed into one of Columbia's best sellers after a slow start. 



The original group who participated In the buying and selling of th* 
world famed drunk harmony song, "Sweet Adeline," re-staged the whole 
affair Thursday night. The song, written by Harry Armstrong and 
Dick Girard, was sold to <Wltmark's exactly 28 years ago and Thurs- 
day night the copyright on it expired. 

That jilght the copyright was renewed and the group who sat in on 
the purchase of the song 28 years ago was present 100% on the an- 
niversary. They consisted of the two songwriters, Jay and Isadore Wit- 
mark, the publishers, and Henry Hart, the notary public. 



Terrace Garden In East 48th 
street, New York; was at the 
height of its fame as a meeting 
place. Spot comes into the news at 
the time at the scene of a beneflt 
to George Rooke, contender for the 
lightweight title. (Garden was torn 
down only a few months ago.) 



I'arls newspapers even in that 
day aimed criticism against the 
state-subvcnlloncd Coniodio Fran- 
caise, objecting that although the 
play was in its repertoire, the com- 
pany held no less than CO rehears- 
als of Cornellle's "Cld," whereas IL 
should have been able to put the 
piece on at a few diiys' notice. 



Offenbach, the composer, was In 
ill health in Nice, where he was the 
object of much sympathy. 



Device employed by executives of NBC enables them to tune in on any 
of their company's local station programs or rehearsal studios by the 
mere click of a button attached to their oflflce desks. It Is expected the 
bosses often hear things not Intended for their ears. 

Attachment Is expensive and at present is limited mainly, to the chain's 
executives. Several millionaires in and around New Yorlc, however, are 
known to have been favored with similar installations. One eastern 
Millionaire has a fixture installed in his 15-room home so he can tune 
in any time In any part of his house. 



Music men see a return to normalcy within the near future. The 
Hollywood bonanza is about over and while picture connections will 
continue to be a factor the dizzy ways of the past year and a half are 
giving way to a more substantial basis and a return to old principles. 

At the present time the big hits are no longer predominately in and 
of pictures. Old styles in song plugging are returning and prediction 
is made that the music trade will be back to about where it was when 
the Hollywood fever hit it. 

This jjrcdictlon is not made by the .small companies without picture 
hook-ups, but comes from the men most- conspicuously Identilied with 
pictures. They point out the almost complete absence of soi^g hits from 
pictures coming to_ Broadway in the last several months. 

Lack of intc'lligcnt spotting, proper developing, casting and plugging 
together with the acceptance of unworthy songs by writers under fancy 
long term picture conti-acts and the flooding of the market with trashy 
numliers has created a depression In the music trade that is expected 
to result in the music men going back to their old way, 

There ha.s not been a 1,000,000 sales none hit since Jolson's "Sonny 
Boy." This is accepted as reflective of the glutted market conditions. 
Music picked and okayed by experienced music men and not stuck into 
a picture at the whim of a Hollywood director or supervisor is the 
prophecy of the condition to which the trade will return as the im- 
portance of Hollywood recedes and it is perceived there's not room enough 
for eA'eryone at that banquet table, 



First extended use of Metro's "rising and falling" stage was devoted 
to filming a violin musical number for "March of Time." 

Stage was divided Into 12 sections, each 10 x 10. Eight of these sec- 
tions were made to rise 12 feet above the stage' level and. descend the 
same distance. Four ascended 16 feet and descended eight. The elevators 
carried 25 girl violinists who furiiished music for a dancing ensemble 
performing on a platform built across a violin 50 feet. In height. 



Theatrical contest tie-ups are out as far as two Syracuse, N, Y., news- 
papers are -concerned, "The Herald!', has banned them as futile space 
grabbers of uncertain value. 

The "Post Standard" will no longer countenance tie- ups, but uses an 
occasional announcement with ho mention of its own association. 
Hearst's "Journal-American" alone has welcome on the dooi*mat for the 
exploitiatlon boys. 



Although costing niore, Warneria has followed the example of Par in 
advertising separately the shows In the New York and Brooklyn houses 
when the picture Is not playing day and date. WB held out against 
the added expense even though papers sought to talk them Into separate 
advertising on simultaneous runs. Now with Strand (New York and 
Brooklyn) and the Beacon no longer day and date, it is making the 
change. 



Some 16 silent theatres and tw6 others with Indie w'ire equipment 
have closed in Philadelphia, One- of the major electric companies made 
the survey, attributing the darkened condition to sound. 

Among the silent spots now dark are: Alma, Bellevue, Belmont, 
Cedar, Chestnut Hill, Montgomery, Norris, Arcade Palace, preamland. 
Elks, Iris, Lafayette, Lyric, Mammouth, 24th Street and Viola, 



Under a ruling by the I. A. It will not grant permission to New Yprk 
stagehands and m. p. operators to attend one of tho so-styled "sound 
schools. 

It has been pro-vided that every local union should have Its own sound 
class and arrange for the tralnirig of its members under the direction 
of practical experienced operators. 



Hollywood wi'lter turned in a : story to a studio which came back 
rejected. Later, the author was engaged by the same studio. His first 
commission was to look over a pile of yarns to "get an Idea out of them 
to weave a story around." 

Chap found a copy oC his own story; blew up and quit the same day 
he was hired. * 

• 

Most popular star in Europe, so far as the paper cover authors are 
concerned. Is Greta Garbo. Yarns purporting to be her "inside" life are 
being circulated, in all of the European countries, in four different lan- 
guages. 

Books are prime gimmicks. . The "inside" is all harmless stuff, culled 
mostly from studio p. a. copy. 



Several hundred strikers of the Ladies Garment Workers' Union secured 
employment at $7.50 a day as extras at the Paramount Long Island studio 
for the "Tunney-Demp.sey fight scene In "Young Man of Manhattan." Re- 
quired all the extras to wear old clothes while the property department 
turned on a very literal rainslornii ■ 



Because most everyone in M-G-M has been niis-sper:ing "Florodora." 
a note from above has gone out. to remind publicists and others that tho 
spelling, "Floradora" is incorrect. TresH .'-.tories and ino.st other 
terial so far have had two a's In tho word. 



B & K will not in.stall mechanical candy venders in the- Paradise, 
neighborhood de lu'xe house. Man who leases the candy store next dour 
waved his lease in tho legal departi-nent's face. 

So the slot -machines. have been moved to the Chicago. 



For the first time since organized over two years. a,<ro. Radio's I'hotn- 
phone is out of the red and beginning to show profits. 
Installations recently have averaged four a day, It Is claimed. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



55 



Erlanger Coast Stage Shows 

May Be Circuit's Forerunner 



Los Angeles, March 4. 

A. L. Erlanger and Marc Heiman 
are reported back of a legit project 
for the coast which will send mu-- 
eicals and straight shows up and 
down this area. If over, the stage 
property will then be shipped east 
to take a stab at the big centers. 

Erlanger has a new house In Fris- 
co and is building one here. It is at 
the northern stand that a revue 
will open this spring for which cast- 
ing is now under way In New York. 
One Besslnger ia understood to be 
engaged in lining up the revue with 
Sylvia Hahlo assisting in the cast- 
ing. Besslnger and Miss Hahlo are 
in the east, as is Erlanger. Whether 
Erlanger intends to establish a legit 
circuit out here Is not known. 



Sunday Dance Test Up 
As Civil Suit Detail 



A court test of the legality of Sun- 
day night professional dancing in 
theatres is In prospect as a result 

-irrt he New Y Drk-Str^hsecond-raAe-eireuit-ftt-tl 



Art Standards Figure 
In Blaney Divorce Case 

Norwalk, March 4. 
The Blaneys and the Spooners 
may play drama in rural opera 
houses and music halls on tank 
town circuit, they seldom play the 
Empire, the Henry Miller, thef John 
Golden or the Plymouth, but they 
never play In inferior burlesque, 
Harry Blaney 2nd, son of the re- 
nowned Henry Clay Blaney, made 
that clear In the county court at 
Bridgeport when he testified In his 
divorce suit against Marlon Mel 
rose Blaney. 

Blaney, who is manager of the 
Blaney Play company in New York, 
told the court that he married 
Marion Melrose, an actress, in 1921 
and took her home to New Canaan, 
where all the Blaneys and Spooners 
live In an old fashioned homestead 
when they are not working. They 
we're happy for a year, when Ma 
rion spurned Blaney dramas and an- 
nounced that she would have bur- 
lesque or nothing. She left the 
Blaney home and.reheai'sal hall and 
went with a burlesque circuit, "a 



preihe Court by Chai-les L. Wagner, 
Carl Reed and Elisabeth Warbury, 
as managers for Harold Kreutzberg 
and Yvonne Georgi, against the 
Craig Theatre Corp., owner of the 
theatre in which the dancers have 
been appearing all season on Sun- 
day nights. 

The managers g^a temporary In- 
junction a month ago on the ground 
that the defendant was threatening 
to violate a contract by which the 
dancers were to appear at the Craig 
. theatre on Sunday night and the de- 
fendant was to get 35% of the box 
office receipts. Mr. Wagner said 
tliat the dancers have been a box 
office success and have drawn be- 
tween $3,500 and |4,000 a night, and 
that the , only reason given by Mr. 
MacGregor of the Craig theatre for 
refusing to permit a performance 
booked, and advertised for February 
7. for which many tickets had been 
sold, was that he had been notified 
that Sunday night dancing was a 
violation of the Sunday theatrical 
law and that he would not permit 
the theatre to be used for that rea- 
son. 

Mr. Wagner said that he believed 
this contention was not justified and 
that the dancing, programs given by 
Kreutzberg and Georgi are. not In 
violation of the law. 



L. A. Bargain Ducats 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

The Friday Morning club, owners 
of the Flgueroa Playhouse, decided 
that productions playing there 
could not cut rate tickets. The club 
figured that "Moon Madness" and 
"Bad Babies" throwing out plenty 
of 50. cent service charge passes 
had put the theatre in a bad light. 

Hampton Del Ruth got the house 
for his production "The Latest 
Murder," only after he had prom- 
ised the club he would not cut 
prices. After a week of poor busi- 
ness Del Ruth decided he would 
have to scatter the service charge 
passes if he wanted to get aut of 
the red. 

After a conference the club de- 
cided to let him pass out the bar- 
gain tickets. The club is getting 
a weekly rental of $1,000 from Del 
Ruth. 



New May Robson Play 

. Los Angeles, March 4. 
George T. Ilood, former legit 
booker of the northwest and re- 
cently managing the Metropolitan, 
.Seattle, for Erlanger, replaces 
Walter Chenoweth as manager of 
ihe Hollywood Playhouse for Henry 
Duffy. 

May Robson In "Helena's Boys" 
follows "Salt Water" at this house 
in.stead of Hale Hamilton in "Her 
Friend the King" as slated. 



IRISH GROUP UPTOWN 

The Irish Players may not fold as 
previously announced when they 
vacate the Greenwich Village, but 
may give a supplemental season up- 
town under direction of the Shu 
berts. 

Lee Shubert is reported impressed 
by the productions of the down 
town group and may .spot them at 
the Garrlck. 



hatTiJ-Blaney-[_:^i©i 
dieclia'fed.' Slre'never-j:eturn€d to her 
husband. Blaney was quickly given 
a divorce. 

The Blaney-Spooner household is 
one of the most picturesque In the 
village of New Canaan near here 
Its matriarch is the venerable Mary 
Gibbs Spooner, who was a star 
three generations ago. Other mem- 
bers of the family are Cecil 
Spooner, Edna Spooner and Charles 
E. Blaney. 



Mary Lewis' $185,000 



Culver City, March 4. 
Mary Lewis, Metropolitan Opera 
star, under contract to Pathe, Is 
enroute to New York to fulfill the 
remainder of her contract to the 
Metropolitan calling for seven more 
appearances. 

She returns here In five weeks 
with her first picture scheduled to 
start a week later. 

Several staff writers have been 
assigned to concoct a yarn. 

Pathe will pay $85,000 to Miss 
Lewis for her first picture and 
$100,000 for ".he second. 



"St. Scene" by Request 

Chicago, March 4. 

Minneapolis is so anxious to get 
"Street Scene" that John Tuerk, 
ahead here with the show, has been 
showered with requests. One group 
promised a guai-antee In advance. 

Having already made up his mind 
to play the Twin Cities, Tuerk gave 
in to them. The show leaves here 
the end of the week and goes to 
Minneapolis for a week there. A 
week each follows in St. Paul, Du- 
luth, Madison, Wis., and Milwaukee 



SHT-LAWLOB LINGER 

Hollywood, March 4. 

Gus Shy and Metro remain to 
gether another year, option having 
been taken up on the Broadway 
comedian. Understood Mary Law- 
lor, also In "Good News," will have 
her contract likewise extended by 
Metro. 

Shy's second picture, and the first 
under the new deal, will be "New 
Moon." 



"Boundary" Week to Week 

"The Boundary Line" figured to 
fold at the 48th Street, New York 
last week is sticking. 

A provisional closing notice was 
hung last . week which now gives 
management privilege of operating 
on week to week basis and closing 
without further notice to cast. 



CHI FUND SHOW 

Chicago, March 4. 
Annual Actors Fund of America 
benefit will be at the Erlanger 
March 21. William Hartwlg is here 
handling the show for Daniel Froh 
man. Tliere will be the customary 
25-buc'k .^eats. 



Butterfield Stock 
<,;rand Rapids, ^larfh 4. 
AV. S. Butterflelrt's Power.s tlieatre 
will open June 1 with a season of 
dramatic stock on pi)h.«frIptIon and 
guarantee basis. 



$72,000 JUDGMENT IS 
AGAINST B. VEILLER 



The American Play Co. was given 
a directed verdict of approximately 
$72,000 against Bayard Velller Mon- 
day In the Supreme Court of New 
York, Justice Carew sitting. The 
suit was the result of a loan 
through John Rumsey of the play 
company to the author, who was 
given $3,000, the latter In turn 
agreeing to pay the company 10% 
of the royalties on his plays for 
three years, In addition to the usual 
10% for placing a play. 

"The Trial of Mary Dugan" came 
along and clicked. Velller stalled 
on paying the extra 10%. When 
the suit was started A. H. Woods, 
who produced the show, was or- 
dered to hold the money In escrow. 
The amount from that source 
amounted to $32,000. Other money 
was held out by the author, such 
as royalties on the English pres- 
entation, which grossed something 
like $400,000. Also the item of the 
picture rights,' the author's share 
having been $62,500, In which Rum- 
sey company was to participate. In 
all Velller has made close to half 
a million on royalties from "Dugan." 

Velller lost out in an arbitration 
on another matter concerning "Du- 
gan." He had sold the Australian 
rights to the Williamsons prior to 
ed«-hitving-a«6epted— the-scEipt^ 
Th e" Wtllla m so n s p ut 1 n a olal m - for 
part of the picture rights for Aus 
tralia, contending that the talker 
version might hurt the run of the 
show. The arbitrators. Including a 
playwright (Arthur Richman) and 
a lawyer (Nathan Burkan) agreed 
with that view. 



COMMISSION AWARD 



Leslie Morosco Given Award from 
J. Francis Robertson 



The first case of arbitration on 
the new Equity agent's contract was 
decided in favor of Leslie Morosco, 
agent, against J. Francis Robertson, 
actor,; before the American Arbitra- 
tion Association, last week. 

The contract, a verbal agreement, 
as it had been arranged during the 
time when the status of the Equity 
Agent's Contract was. undetermined, 
called for 18 weeks' commissions 
amounting to $180. 

As Morosco's principal witness 
was absent, the case was compro- 
mised. Morosco was awarded 6% 
for the first 10 weeks Instead of 10% 
for the run of the play. In commis- 
sions. 



"Green Grass" Withers 
On Guarantee Default 

"Tread the Green Grass" folded in 
rehearsal last week when William 
Blake, produceiv failed to post guar- 
antee for It's opening at. the Bel- 
mont, New York. 

The show had been in rehearsal 
for five weeks and was originally 
scheduled to relight the MacDougal 
(former Provincetown Playhouse) 
Greenwich Village two weeks ago, 
but was held back on Blake's sub 
sequent decision to bring it uptown 
-to — t-h o B eteKm-t. Lat-tei: — bou£& 



"Gala Night" Paid Off 



First week's intake for "Gala 
Night," which opened at the Er- 
langci*. New York, Tuesday night, 
was insufficient to pay salaries Sat- 
urday. Cast was paid ott at Equity 
Monday out of the bond posted. It 
will continue this week with enough 
security remaining to pay off if 
business doesn't jump. 
. "Gala Night" is the Initial pro- 
duction effort of Hunter Williams 
and is heavily hooked up through 
a large cast. 



O'REILLY RETIRING 



Actor for 20 Years — Agent for 
Closing Office 



J. Francis O'Reilly, for 20 years 
an actor, and actor's agent for the 
past eight years, is closing his 
agency at 154 West 4Bth et. 

He Is retiring from the business. 



Le Gallienne Broadcast 

With start of Eva Le Gallienne's 
Civic Repertory tour of key cities 
April 10, stations in the CBS net- 
work will broadcast the plays from 
the theatre In each city. 

Tour starts In Philadelphia. 
Broadcast arrangement is figured 
mutually beneficial. 



CHI. STOCK FADES 

Chicago, March 4. 

Clyde Elliott took his final flop 
of the .season when tho members 
of his stock company refused to go 
on at the Evanston theatre because 
of unpaid salaries. Doors were not 
opened and the patrons representing 
perhaps $100 were turned away. 

The Evanston venture was about 
two weeks old, and followed a sea- 
son at the National here, at which 
latter place Ellott also found finan- 
cial worrj'. 



MT, VEENON STOCK SET 

Frederick Clayton and Joseph 
Solly have taken over the Westches- 
ter, Mt. Vernon, N. Y., and will in- 
stall dramatic stock next week. 
■ Company includes Marianne Rib- 
don, Gene Cleveland, Kitty CoRgriff, 
Marie Pittman, .Myce Ilogan, Stew- 
art Hutchln.<)on, Charles Ponman, 
John Litt, Ted MoLe.m and John 
Pole. 



GORDON OPPOSITE GAEBO 

Hollywood, March 4. 
Gavin Cordon, Ifgit actor, wD) 
make his .screen debut under Metro 
auspifCR ns Gr^'ta Garbo's loading 
man. 

Picture is the "Romance"' remake 
.soon to -start. 



wa;nted -a casli-up- guarante^e Instead 
of the first money arrangement 
proffered and when the coin was 
not posted the date was called off. 

Some weeks ago when Blake an- 
nounced he would assume tenancy 
of the defunct Provincetown Play- 
ers, it was reported Otto Kahn was 
financing the new group, but turned 
out to be just another one of those 
things. 

The cast are holding the bag for 
their time in rehearsal through hav- 
ing agreed to commonwealth ar- 
rangement. 



$3,600 SPANISH FLOP 
ONE OF LESLIE'S ERRORS 



Lew Leslie wished himself into 
trouble when engaging Argentlnlta, 
the Spanl.sh dancer, for his "Inter- 
national Revue" which opened at 
tho Majestic, New York, last ^tvcek. 
Appearing late on the first night the 
heel stamper and finger snapper was 
hissed after a show of temperament 
and what was considered routine 
Spanish dancing. Monday it was 
decided that she withdraw from the 
show, and. it was announced that 
Argentlnlta considered she had 
stepped Into the wrong atmosphere, 
since her work was more in the 
line of recitals or concerts. 

Argentlnlta was not in the revu« 
during Its out of town Showing and 
the show laid off a week for her 
to rehearse. Her arrival was bally- 
hooed, particularly because of an- 
other Spanish dancer, Argentina, 
Previously a cable to "Variety" ex- 
pressed surprise by people In Spain 
that Argentlnlta should be engaged 
at $3,600 weekly over there. 

No Look First 
The girl, who was no little dis- 
appointment in appearance, was 
booked through the William Morris 
office. Abe Lastfogel of the Morris 
staff ialmost begged Leslie to watch 
the import at an audition before 
signing her for the show. Leslie 
made the curt answer to Lastfogel 



Wiswell's Problem 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

Lou Wlswell to New York via 
boat March 15. i^ecds lots of time 
for thinking how to line up coast 
dates for "All That GUtter.s," play 
by Zelda Sears Wlswell and Tay 
Garnett. 

Piece was penciled In the Bcl- 
asco & CurrAn houses here and San 
Francisco until "East of Suez" came 
lip. Since Wlswell has been figur- 
ing other arrangements. 



Eight-Year Stock Folds 

Madison, Wis., March 4. 

Last stand of the stock company, 
enacted in dozens of cities In last 
year, closed here this week when Al 
Jackson Players folded after eight 
years at the Garrlck. 

Prices were cut twice during past 
season, but situation proved hope- 
less with six film an..', one vaiide 
house in city. 

"Front Page," "closing effort, 
packed them in, but it was put down 
as a "splendid gesture." 

Garrlck, now owned by RKO, re- 
mains dark, opening only for Wil- 
liam Gillette's "Sherlock" March 17 
and 18. 



BLANEY DIVOECE 

Brldgeiport, March 4. 

Harry Clay Blaney, 2nd, 30, of 
New Canaan, manager of the 
Blaney Play Co., Inc., .with ofllccs 
In the Knickerbocker theatre build- 
ing, New York, obtained a decree 
of divorce on grounds of desertion 
from Clara Beckett Blaney, 28, 
actress, former liroadway actress. 

Couple were married March 1, 
1922, and In July, 1923, Mrs. Blaney 
went on the road with a musical 
show. Ho received a letter from 
her a month later and has neither 
heard from her nor seen her since. 



PASSION PLAY IN CHI. 

( 'Iticago, March 4. 

Krelburg Passion will open May 4 
at the ("hi Civic Opera house hero 
for run. Coming from Cleveland 
where It will open April 7. 

Attraction is now in J-'lorida and 
except in underwritten towns is in 
tlie red. Dr. H. C. Ingraham, for- 
merly of Chi Stadium advancing. 



TEISCO STOCK SET 

San Francisco, Marcli 4. 
O. D. Woodward will try .stork 
starting in three woelcs at ihc Co- 
lumbia, Erlanger house. 



tp/ m Ind' h is o wn .-business, - , . , . . .. . . 

Under the arrangement for Ar- 
gentinlta's, withdrawal from the 
revue, she is to receive $10,000 which, 
was posted In a bank as a guaran- 
tee. She forgoes all salary claims. 
The $3,600 weekly was to have been 
for 10 w-eeks. 

Florence Moore is also out of the 
cast. It was announced she had 
laryngitis, but has been around. 
With the two names off, plenty 
weekly Is lopped off the show'b 
heavy salary list. 

Leslie appears to have overstep- 
ped himself In other ways, going to 
big reheirsal expense with the or- 
chestra for one thing in ordpr that 
he could personally direct for Harry 
Richman, Gertrude Lawrence and 
Argentlnlta. 

The production cost Is about 
$140,000. First week's business 
about $31,000 which at $6.60 top is 
not big in the Majestic even in seven 
performances, as the show started 
with a $10,000 first night when the 
top was $16.50. 



Jolson's 'Sons o' Guns' 



"Sons o' Guns," now at the Im- 
perial, Is to be Al .Tolson's first star- 
ring picture Cor United Artists. 

Rights to the musical were ac- 
quired by U.A. after they disposed 
of "Big Boy" to Warners. Latter 
will be Jolson's last for WB. 



Lobby Coffee 20c 

Los Angeles, March 4. 
Newest kind of a theatre lobby 
racket is coffee serving at 20c. a 
cup. At the Pasadena Community 
Playhouse, a high-brow organiza- 
tion. Its unusual because nearly all 
other theatres of this kind going in 
for the coffee dishing thing, do it as 
a give-away. Recently some of the 
biggest vaude and picture houses 
Installed the feature gratis. 



"SHOW BOAT" CLOSING 

Wa-shlngton, March 4. 
Zlegfeld's "Show Boat" finishes In 
Baltimore at Ford's this Saturday. 
Most of tlie cast returning to Man- 
hattan except Sammy White and 
Eva Puck, who head for Florida. 



SCENARIST'S PLAY 

Burbank, March 4. 
"They Never Grow Up," play with 
a Mexican-U. S. border locale by 
Humphrey Pearson, First National 
scenarist, will be produced In New 
York by the Assembly Theatre Pro- 
ducers. 



ULTIMATUM 

Chicago, March 4. 

Efiulty has Is.sued an ultimatum 
to Hal E.«<by giving the manager 
10 days to acfopt arbitration. 

Claims on "After Dark" amount- 
ing to $38.^ are Involved. Equity 
holds a $2,.'i00 bond. 



JEESEY CHUECH DEAMA 

"Voronica'.s Vfil," rclifjlou.s drama 
with cast of 300, starts its ICth sea- 
son March 9 at St. Jo.seph's Audi- 
loriuni In Union City, N. J. 

It runs until April 16. 



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56 



VARIETY 



L E G I T I MATE 



Wednesday, March 6, 1930' 



Literati 



England's Newspaper 6rive 
Latest move in the government 

. of England direct from Fleet street 
is the formation of th© United Em- 
pire Party, sponsored by the "Dally 
Express" and "Dally Mall," backed 
by all their supporting provincial 
dailies and London evening tab- 
loids, and coupled with the names 
of a long list of political big shots 

. who reckon they'd better swim with 
the tide. 

Actual significance of the move 
Is difficult to fathom. It started as 
a stunt to boost the "Dally Express" 
circulation and has grown into 
something which comes as near to 
being serious as is possible where 
British politics Is concerned. Out- 
side the Fleet street radius there 
was general surprise that Lord 

. Kothermere, owner of the "Daily 

-Mall," should have come into 
line, with Beaverbrook's "Express" 
scheme. Idea that there is enmity 
between the two papers has been 
carefully fostered by circulation 

. drives and direct kicks at each 
other's sales figures. 

During the past year the ''Mall," 
with a sale always Just under the 
2,000,000 dally mark, has watched 
the "Express" pull up alm ost level, 
■ and -some xecK.ojci .tne n^W p?irty'ijr | *i 
just a wheeze to shoot both papers 
past the record mark at more or less 

: the same time. 

Actually, the "Mall" and "Ex- 
press," although rivals on the sur- 
face, are pretty closely knit. Each 
unit has big holdings in the other's 
stock, and one or two papers, among 
which the London "Evening Stand- 
ard" has been mentioned, are held 
almost equally between the n«ws- 
• paper barons. . 

As a result of the enormous drive 
ri»>*the combined chains have started, 
Beaverbrook has been freely tipped 
as the next Prime Minister of Eng- 
land, and the three established po- 
litical organizations, particularly 
the Liberal Party, which has lately 
teen nipped between the two ex- 
tremes, are mighty peeved. 

Whatever the result of the party, 
and apart from whether or not it 
solves England's unemployment 
problems out of hand. It's the big- 
gest newspaper drive ever put over 
In this country. 



Is Laurence 
Francisco. 



R, D'Orsay of San 



Marian Spitzer's Hot Book 

"A Hungry Lady," by Marian 
Spitzer, is warm. Unlike other fic- 
tion novels that fade away toward 
the finish through padding or lack 
of pace. Miss Spitzer, knowing 
show business, held her seething 
scone for next to closing. Boy, It's 
hot! 

Prototypes of "A Hungry Lady" 
may be found all over Broadway 
and Hollywood. They're near- 
society buds who want a stage or 
screen career and familiarity with 
Bohemians. Miss Spitzer also has 
placed a rather faithful picture of 
an unfaithful newspaper man In the 
story, with the Juxtapositioi. creat- 
ing that volcano near the finish. 
Besides the taxicab rides and their 
descriptions. 

But, best of all, the iauthoress, 
with meager show experience of her 
own and more ample knowledge 
of the show business through pre- 
vious publicity woi'k, has killed all 
of the buds' alibis. In this book 
Juliet Dexter has an alibi for her- 
every flop, but before e^«h the read- 
er Is aUare that Iier Simited talent 

I the actua ^-rea^on-.-T— : — ; - 

"Heads '"llKe^ a' talker—scenario 
through its plentltude of scope. 
Takes in the stage, screen, society 
and, though a pity, the wronged 
wife goes to Europe and a happy 
ending. 
A Llverlght, and for $2.50. 
Now a best seller in Hollywood 
and should reach that record na- 
tionally. It is written knowingly, 



Literary 10% 

Speaking of literary agents, 
Brandt and Brandt handle more au- 
thors than any other agency. 
George Bye and Paul R. Reynolds 
are the snootiest, only selling to the 
heavy paper. Illustrated magazines. 
Service for Authors, manager Leo 
:MargoIls, was first started by Bob 
Davis. It Is now owned by the 
Frank A. Munsey Company and 
sells second serial rights to news- 
papers and magazines of stuff that 
Munsey bought all rights for over 
many years from authors before 
they became wise. Oddly enough, 
Service for Authors, though it han 
dies a number ot wood pulp authors, 
doesn't find the Munsey magazines 
a particularly good market. The 
editors feel under no obligations to 
buy because the service is owned 
Y ■ the same firm. 

Then there Is Robert Thomas 
Hardy, who handles mostly wood 
pulp authors. Every Friday he pre 
sides ^ at a Dutch treat luncheon 
where writers tell their experiences 
All of these agents operate on a 
10% commission basis. 

There is another batch of agents 
who appeal particularly to new- 
comers in the fiction field. These 
chai-ge for reading and criticizing, 
the rates being about |1 a thousand 
words. An average manuscript 
runs five to six thousand words." 
Thomas H. Uzzell, formerly fiction 
editor of "Collier's," runs a success- 
ful service for amateurs. Another 



and "Talking Screen" contemplates 
a fourth fan mag to be placed In 
direct competition with Woolworth's 
10-center. First issue is said to be 
budgeted for 800,000 copies. 

Another change In the fan field 
is the title of Fawcetfs "Screen 
Secrets," whicli becomes "Screen 
Play" In an effort to get away from 
the scandal connotations. 



Moorehouse Abroad Again 

Ward Morehouse, columnist for 
New York "Sun," is making an an- 
nual event of his foreign reporting. 
He will spend this summer delving 
Into Asia and may get as far east 
as Arabia. His column will con- 
tinue daily. 

Moorehouse leaves March 28, 
stopping first In Paris and London 
before extending his travels. He 
will be away three or four months. 



Kyne's Damage Suit 

Peter B. Kyne, author, is defend- 
ant in a suit for $31,000 damages 
filed in San Francisco by Henry U. 
Yip. 

Yip claims that an automobile 
owned by Kyne ,but driven by either 
D. M. Balrd or A. Clarkson, collided 
with his car in Pacheco Pass last 
JanuaiT and injured him. 



"Western Front's" Record 

"All Quiet on the Westerri Front," 
smash war book that has outsold 
anything published In the last five 
years, is off the best seller lists for 



.first-time since It. WA3 PUbLifRea 
last spring. Book sold nearly 
500,000 copies. 

Remarque, the author, is now in 
Switzerland and refuses to see pub- 
lishers or anybody else. He will 
not do another book. 



Publisher's Distinction 

For the first time since the book 



BEST SELLERS 



(Best sellers for week ending March 1, as reported by the 
American News Company, Inc., and branches.) 

FICTION 

Woman of Andros ($2.50) Tliornton W. Wilder 

Passion Flower (?2)... Kathleen Norrls 

Young Man of Manhattan ($2) Katharine Brush 

Ex-Migtress (?2) Anonymous 

Great Meadow ($2.50) Elizabeth Madox Roberts 

42d Parallel ($2.50) John Dos Passes 

NON-FICTION 

Is Sex Necessai-y ($2) James Thurber and E. B. White 

Lincoln ($5), Emil Ludwig 

Human Mind ($5) Karl Menninger, M.D. 

Mrs. Eddy (Popular Ed.) ($2) : . . . ; .Edwin F. Dakin 

The Specialist ($1) Charles (Chic) Sale 

New Worlds to Conquer ($5) Richard Halliburton 



snappingly and brightly, besides the 
nerve ! 



JUST PUBLISHED 

An Iinportnnt Book on 

THEATRE 
LIGHTING 

A Manual of tho Singe 
Su-itfhboard 
Br X.0C1S nARTMANN 

A complete hand book by the 
man who hna been tor thirty, 
/years chief electrician to David 
Belasco. Dlscusaes all kinds oC 
lighting:. Including: bab/ spots, 
flood lights, horizons, foolllghts, 
eto. Price, 12.00. J>, Appleton 
and Company, Publishers, 35' West 
32d Street,' New Tork. 



German Propaganda? 

In the program of the Kuenstler 
theatre in Berlin, where O'Neill's 
"Strange Interlude" was produced, a 
page is taken up with a photo- 
graphed copy of Variety with the 
front page of the October 2, 1929, 
number, and clippings from the In- 
side. On the opposite page is an 
article entitled "What does Variety 
tell its readers?" Below Is the fol- 
ing text: 

"A glance into the most Important 
theatrical paper of the United 
States, Variety, shows us what is 
offered to the American reader in 
the way of theatrical news and, 
therefore, what Interests him. What 
Is the obituary of a great actress 
likB? How does one arouse Interest 
for Warners, • etc. Here are a few 
example's." . • ' 

Below is a news article about 
Warner Brothers in which their for 
tune Is estimated and their rise de 
scribed. And an obituary on Jeanne 
Eagels In which the value of the 
Jewelry she left behind Is stated 
to be worth over $350,000, 

This Is 6vldently Intended as a 
subtle crack at America, which is 
Interested only In dollars and not 
In "Art," still supposed to be Ger- 
many's only meat, says Variety's 
Berlin correspondent. 



clubs have been in existence, one 
publisher had two book? chosen by 
different clubs for the same month. 

Jonathan Capa & Harrison Smith, 
publishers, in business less than a 
year, had the Book of the Month 
Club take a novel written by 
Smith's wife for Aprfl, while the 
Literary Guild for the same month 
took a Russian novel. 



Florence Rosa, P. A. 

Florence Ross, formerly in charge 
of women's features for King Fea- 
tures syndicate, also the "Graphic" 
and its syndicate, is now assistant to 
A, P. Waxman In the Warners pub- 
licity office. 

Miss Rqss is also a novelist and 
wrote a play, "With This Ring," In 
collaboration with Pierre de Rohan. 



Brentano's Plan 

Final arrangements have been 
made to see Brentano's through 
their financial trouble. It looks 
tough for the financially Interested 
publishers, who have all been as- 
sessed 30 percent of the business 
they did with Brentano's last year 
as the basis for the credit they 
must extend for five years taking 
notes as payments. 

Unless business picks up many 
publishers will not do much more 
than 30 percent of last year's busi- 
ness and will get nothing. 



er 



5 and 10 May Rival 
Georgo Delacourt, owncr-publlsh- 
' of "Film Fun," "Screen Romance" 



Cade Coming Over 

Laurence Cade, of the Press As- 
sociation of Great Britain, sailed 
on the "Berengaria," Feb." 26, to re- 
port' for the English press the at- 
tempt of Kaye Don to break the 
world's automobile record. Cade is 
an expert on motoring and golf. 



Incomplete Check 

About $1,500 was spent by the 
publishers of Emil Ludwig's biog 
raphy Of Lincoln to check on the 
German's facts. People were sent 
all over the country looking up 
records to make sure that Ludwig 
has not pulled any boners. 

Despite this precaution several 
mistakes are reported by eagle- 
eyes. 



Sports Vet III 

Bill Perrin, one of the oldest and 
best-known baseball scribes In the 
country, has been confined to his 
home In Providence, R. I., with a 
sefious illness for some time. He 
was stricken while attending a 
baseball meeting In .New York 
Perrin has covered baseball for the 
Providence "Journal" for more than 
30 years. 



Hearst's Frisco Change 

Shakeup on Hearst's San Fran 
Cisco "Call-Bulletin" has a new 

(Continued on page 67) 



London As It Loob 

By Hannen SwafFer 



London, Feb, 24. 

I forgot to tell you about Freddie Lonsdale last week. But perhaps 
you have seen him by now and so don't want to know any more. 

Suddenly, he was missing from London. Very quietly, Freddie had 
run away. 

When, a few weeks ago, he started for America, he got off the boat 
at Cherbourg, this although he was sitting at Lord Rothermere's table 
on the way over, hearing, no doubt, about how to save the British 
Empire, and all that sort of thing, when, su'ddenly, he got afraid of 
you all and jumped off the boat. 

This time, Joe Schenck, or whoever It is, must have put the price up, 
because Fred«Jle suddenly decided to go again. This time I have not 
heard of his swimming home. 

Freddie says he doesn't want money. .(But American dollars sometimes 
do more than talk — they shout. 



The Wives of Vaudeville 

You would have been very much amused to attend, as I did, the other 
night, the first annual dinner of the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings, who 
are the wives of the Grand Order of Water Rats. To judge from the 
bottles of champagne on the table, there was not much water about it 
and no one had the rats, when I was there. 

Some of the oldest comedians in England were present, retired now, 
Joe O'Gormon, Harry Randall, Joe Elvin and Charlie Coborn among 
them. There were scores of the younger men — Billy Caryll, Nervo and 
Knox, George Clarke, Will Hay, scox*es of them like that. 

It was such a change after the snobbery and humoug of most legiti- 
mate stage dinners. Everybody knew- everybody else, and it did not 
matter whether a man was earning $100 a week or $1,000. 

The Wooden Derby 
The surprise item was a race on wopdeq horses, which you had to 
propel across the dance floor. But, like most staged Jokes, it was not 
very funny, except when Charlie Coborn, who must be nearly 80, fell 



off . his horse, Although I tlxo-uglit I saw,someon^j>.\a3h..hi.m, _ ' ■ 

All the Lady Ratlings made speeches about how, when they were' in- 
troduced to people, It was merely with the words, "Meet the Wife," with 
an expression which seemed to me, "Don't take any notice Of her face." 

This time, they were out for a lodge of their own. The liusbands were 
no more Important than lodgers. 

Dying Vaudeville 

I heard all sorts of hard-luck stories about the modern music hall, how 
it was dying. "If it is not dead, it sometimes walks In its sleep," said 
Percy Honri. 

Artists told me that it was all the fault of the agents. Agents said 
it was all the fault of the artists. Both, of course, blamed the booking 
managers.' 

My speech, the only serious one of the evening, was an Impassioned 
appeal against the wholesale use of American music ' 

I cannot help It, American friends, but I must defend the products 
of my own country, if nobody else will. 

The Sob in the Throat 
Seeing the' sob in my throat, and the invisible tears falling down my 
cheeks. Jack Hylton, who was going to broadcast the next Friday, an- 
nounced that all the 13 tunes he would play would be of British origin. 
Listening to me, were bandmasters, some of whom, of course, are paid for 
every American number they play. What they thought, I do not know. 
But you have to tell 'em straight. 

The Sister of Marie Lloyd 
Marie Lloyd's sister, Alice, known, of course, on your side, was there, 
looking Just like Marie. 

It was quite as noisy as any gathering of the Friars has ever been, 
although not so ritzy. 

After all, it Is a terrible proof of how vaudeville has fallen from its 
high estate to know that Talbot O'FarrelU, who is King Rat, was lead- 
ing a Water Rats road show on tour so as to find work for some of the 
lesser known members of his order. 

Percy HonrI told me he was developing an estate to make money now. 
Other men have gone into other businesses. There is a very terrible 
outlook, although everybody pretends, of course, that things are as they 
were. 



Tallulah — and Camille 

"CamlUe in Roaring Camp" was badly received by the critics, although 
I am told the audience liked It. "A poor joke," said E A. Baughan. 

"I suppose critics have seen this sort of thing on the music-hall stage. 
Perhaps Sunday night playgolng societies have not. 

Maurice Browne wanted to stage the play for a run, but I should not 
think he will do so after reading the notices. So Talluiah is safe for her 
"Camille." As safe, I mean, as If "Camille in Roarlgn Camp" had not 
been produced first. Still, I do. not fancy any version of "Camille" in 
these days. 



The New Dominion Show 

"Silver Wings," which was done at the Dominion, proved to be a fine 
spectacle. The music Is good enough, but that is about all. 

If English managers are to fight the Americans over this sort of thing, 
they must Insist, on getting the best they can, Instead of being content 
with what is written in their own offices. 

• Desiree Ijllinger, making her first appearance in Locdon in a musical 
comedy, was a bit small for this enormous house, but she was charming. 
Nipper Lane and Hollywood 

Hollywood friends will be Interested to know that Lupino Lane's dress- 
ing room Is now filled with large photographs of film stars with whom he 
made friends in San Francisco. 

Nipper was making his first appearance after his film career. He was 
not very funny except when he fell about, but all that will develop. 

The Too- Big Theatre 

Whether "Silver Wings" will fill' the Dominion for long is a matter 
for doubt. It is such an enormous place that, frankly, I do not know 
what will become of it. 

The Dominion, by the way. Is no good for publicity. I mean that when 
Tallulah Bankhead went in, nobody took any notice cf her. You can- 
not see the stalls from the gallery, and that is where Tallulah'a fans 
live. 

They cannot even see th© people in the dross circle. 

I heard lots o£ complaints about this gallery, but I went up there and 
I could both see and hear. Things were not nearly as bad as they 
said. 



Sensible Vedrenne 

J. E. Vedrenne, who died, was taken ill while watching a performance 
of "Michael and Mary," A. A. Milne's play which, I believe, failed in 
New York, but which is one of the few new successes In London. 

Vedrenne, who, of course, has been overpraised in the fiapdoodle which 
is always written in London about theatrical people who die, was at 
least a consistent and sensible manager, who was famous for his punctu- 
ality. 

The Too- Punctual Man 

Indeed, he is the only man I ever knew whose day was so mapped 
out that he would arrange to see one man say at 11:32 and the next 
at 11.37. If you were late, you missed seeing him. One day he would 
not eat his lunch because It was tw6 minutes, late! 

He used to sit In the front row of the stalls because he was short 
(Continued on page 67) 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



57 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



story current around Hollywood that a director located finances for a 
mystery play production by me'ans o£ a classified ad. Idea so simple no 
one had thought of It before. If the wanta boys around town pick it up 
as their interest indicates, local ad managers will have to set up a 
WANTED — AN ANGEL classification. 



Coast legit promoter got h"old of the script of a prison play running In 
New York and decided it was worth production. Being all out of angels 
he offered a piece to another promoter who said he knew whereabouts 
of some dough. 

Taking the script to show his prospect, the second promoter decided to 
Bplit his piece and let another theatrical man In. This man read it and 
wired his partner, then in New York, to hook the rights quick. Play 
will have coast production soon. 



While Noel Madison posted bond with Equity for the cast and Is 
technically producer for "Rope's End," in Los Angeles, it is only 
technically. Ads will say "Presented by Wm. E. Smith." Smith, lessee 
ef the Vine Street theatre, is actual producer and pays salaries of entire 
cast, includijig Madison. 

What has happened actually is that an actor has posted bond with 
Equity to protect a producer. Situation results from the actor holding 
the production rights to the play. ^ 



I Though John McCormack received $500,000 flat for the Fox talker, 
iabout to be released, the tenor doesn't consider it any bargain for him- 
self. It consumed 18 months of McCormack's time to complete the pic- 
ture. During that period he gave but two concerts. 

The claim Is hiade by Dennis McSweeney, for McCorinack, that the 
einger would have grossed much more in the year and a half playing 
his usual list of concerts. 

Still, McCormack will probably make another talker and for Fox. 



N. vT. ARDeUa.te...Diyislon has "declUed lliiU Mrs. J^'rctierielt-Goui^te-nd- -XaiionaL. 



LITERATI 



(Continued from page B6) 

publisher in. the chair. Former 
publisher, Charles Sommers Young, 
is relegated to a "special advertis- 
ing capacity." 

New publisher Is Robert P. Holll- 
day of southern California, former- 
ly identified with the Copley news- 
paper interests. 



Too Sweet 

Because she did not want to take 
advantage of family connections, 
Dorothy Ogburn placed her novel, 
"Ra-Ta-Plan," with Little, Brown, 
Her brother, George Stevens, is an 
executive of AV. W. Norton, rival 
book publishers. 

Book is now a best seller and 
Stevens has a headache. 



Reject All Prize MSS. 

Longmans, Green has returned all 
the manuscripts entered in its prize 
movie' contest, claiming not one of 
them is worth the prize. 

Contest has been' extended to 
April 15, however. 



Easter Rotos 

First picture company to con- 
centrate 80% of its bid for roto 
space in the Easter dailies with 
stills of church interiors is First 



Penfleld, widow of a former AiiibassWof "to' Jtastrfa/ mu.st testify-befoi^^ 
trial In the suit of Dorothy Knapp, onetime ttar of "Floretta," against 
her as the angel, and George L. Bagby and the late Romilly Johnson, 
the authors, for $250,000 damages because they caused her discharge 
from her $1,000 a w^eek job. 

Mrs. Penfleld, who angeled the show to the extent of $250,000, con- 
tended that there was no claim against her and no reason why she 
should testify. 



Lessee of a Los Angeles theatre has been afraid to go near the houst- 
for a week. Already has two or three attachments af?a1nst him, one over 
20 grand, his car tied up, and he doesn't know what they'll come aftr-i 
nc'T- 1. 

veral propo.sltions to put i)rodiictions into the housi» have been avall- 
ab.p, with the promoters having to sleuth to locate th-; theatre man. 

lie has an impressive iirivatc office, descril)(?d facelicu.sly in the pro- 
fc-i:ion as his etherizing room, in an out-of-the-way corner of the theatre. 
Not caring to use it present, however. One promoter ifontacted him this 
week and secured an appointment to talk biz. Appointment was set for 
the corner of Vine and Sunset. 



- . -Cliarles, Einf eld, . j?u.bllcitjr. head, 
has a beautiful collection of inte- 
riors of the Mission, Riverside. Alice 
White poses as a nun and choir boy. 

Only two get away from the re- 
ligious atmosphere, and these have 
Miss AVhite disporting only a slight 
portion of calves to a stuffed bunny. 



RITZY 



Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Somcr.3 
Roche, who love the spotlight, have 
as their houseguest at Palm Beach 
Irene Castle McLaughlin, of Chi- 
cago, who, despite the fact that she 
stopped dancing years ago, still 
figures in the newspapers, most 
recently when her dog-kennels 
were destroyed,. 

Before that when she was injured 
while hunting. Mr. Roche wrote the 
short-lived melodrama, "The Crooks' 
Convention," and Mrs. Roche, as E. 
Pettlt, wrote the successful novel, 
"Move Over." Last summer they 
tried Newport. 



What's "lt"7 
Dorotliea Herzog's. book called 
"Some Like It Hot" has just hit the 
stands. 



i.:asting agents licensed under lOciuity regulations wiU h ive to furnish 
definite proof of having actually obtained engagemontM for players be- 
fore having any premise I'or :irl)itratlon at Equity, according" to the 
latter's ruling. 

-Vlethods of some agents not actually enlisted In oa5,ting forthconiln)-, 
productions of merely fortii'yin.tj players with letters cf introduction to 
managements will not hold up as evidence for colIection,of commission.'- 
when shown that the agent hud not been authorized to submit ;:ppllcants 
for cast and when player m!>y -have gotten job because of being the 
type. 

•Cv^eral cases in this classification have been awaiting arbitration at 
Equity with the agents having postponed time .".nd agal.n and the chancei- 
being they may be dropped entirely without ever '"eaching arbitration 
through the a.trents unable to produce proof of ac'.'r lly cinching en- 
gagement". 



Douglas' Biog 

W. A. S. Douglas has broken Into 
"Who's AVho," Biography of the 
Haitimore "Pun's" international 
representative appears in the new 
I'dition. 

He is now located in Chicago. 



Robesor. Qiography 
I The wife of Paul Robeson, Negro 
I .linger, ha.s written his biography. 
] Tt is titled "Paul Robe.son, Negro." 
Book will be Issued first in Eng- 
1 md, where Robeson now Is. 



Many fa.siern . actors in Hollywood wbi) have ■ found themselves 
financially embarressed by lack of employni 'nt, re.seiir the police super- 
vision that is kept over pawn i^hops here. Actors feel Luey are humiliated 
when applying for a loan on .■^onie article on accounr of the inquisition 
they must go through before "Uncle" will give them i little loan. 

. olice regulations there call for a minute identification and descrip- 
tion of every person»^getting a loan in a pawn shop. Ago, height, weight, 
color of hair, eyes, description of features, etc., are all put down on a 
slip given tl-.c police after each loan is made. 

O.uite a few actors when confronted by the regulations walked out of 
a Hollywood pav.'nshop, rather than go through the orrleal. 



Bye's Titles 

Oeorge Bye sits in his office fac- 
ing an autographed picture of Gov- 
ernor Smith, whOi^e biography lie; 
sold to the "Saturday Evening 
Post." 

His own suggestion for a title 
was: "Xow— It Can't Be Told." The 
subtitle, "But It Can Be Sold." 



I When Virginia Mon'Is vacates 
I ix-r post in Warners' publicity de- 
' partment, .Florence Ross will take 
I over the position. 

Miss Ross was formerly fa.«hion 
editor for the "Graphic" and re- 
cently with King's Feature Syndi- 
cate. 



I'roduction oi" "Strange Interlude"' in Berlin was financial success If 
not an artistic one. What really drew business, however, was the row 
betWjeen the manager, Klein, and his .star, Elisabeth Eergner. Seems 
the battle was on the level. If framed, it was a great spot. 

After Fraulein Bergner had been playing the drama only 25 times she 
reported 111 and that she would have to retire for her health. Klein im- 
mediately issued a statement to the press in which ht announced that 
although she was receiving a guarantee of $6,000 monthly she had been 
trying to get out of her five months contract because she wanted to make 
a talker in England. Klein had agreed to reduce the run to 75 per- 
formances, but this had evidently not satisfied the actress. He had sent 
three specialists to examine her and they had reported her well enough 
to' appear. Miss Bergner, of course, then denied the picture proposal 
and began sending her doctors' reports to the, press Finish was . an 
agreement that she should play 25 more performances, and they packed 
the big Berliner Theatre nightly. Fraulein Bergnier, not much the wor.se 
for wear, has now set off for Elstree and the studios. 



Kerry's Interest 

Interesting Is the report that Nor- 
man Kerry, of pictures, and Ro- 
sin© Griffen will remarry. She 
divorced him less than a year ago, 
and later It was rumored she had 
married Allan Forrest. But now, 
back In Hollywood from London, 
Rosine is constantly encountered 
with Norman. They were first mar- 
ried in 1920. Norman's real name 
Is Kaiser. As for Forrest, director, 
he was divorced by Lottie Plckford 
after he had been divorced by Ann 
ETtTlK^ — Lot t j e-4ia<Vr-pre^'io««ly — dl— 
vorceiJ Aifberr'RQpp.""'"" v- -^ 



Richard CRiq") Atwater, who 
conducted the "From Pillar to Post" 
folumn in the "Chicago Evening 
jPost" for 10 years, has joined "The 
Chicagoan." He will turn the mag- 
azine's "Town Talk" Into a column. 



In producing "The Green Pastures," the Lawrence Weber offices can- 
vassed the Negro actors of all Harlem. 

Jesse A. Shipp, who has been acting for 40 years but In recent years 
not hitting so well on engagements, plays Abraham. Sus^Ie Sutton, many 
years on the TOBA (southern colored circuit) does Noah's wife. The 
Whitney brothers, Tutt and Salem, who years ago were road stars In 
"The Smarter Set." They've been at the stage game ?0 years or more. 
Salem in the show Is Noah. 

Other oldtimers are Wesley Hill as. Gabriel, who was a colored stage 
celeb long before Bert Williams became famous; c;harles Moore had 
about reached the conclusion that there were no more stage jobs .cince 
"Back Home"; Richard B. Harrison, who just about .<-tole the show in 
the character of the Lord, a grizzled vet of the old day.«! on the T(;r,A 
time ;ind having also appeared in the .«outli on the elnirch eoneerr 
circuit. 

Alo)izo Fonderson, who plays Mo.^es, i.-; .a New Haven, Conn., "boy." 
It happened tlic oldtimers landed their "'!re(n Pastures'' job through 
the Harlem colored booking office operated by Johnny Carey rcoloredj, 
Malcolm Fraticr (colored) and Bernard Burt (white). Burt for niany 
ycar.M was hianager of the Lafayette theatre (Harlem). 

Carey and Eraser are operators of the The Nest, a Harlem Negro night I 
club, and their booklrig office is on the floor above the club. I 



. Gene Cohn, N. E. A, syndicate 
columnist, who has been doing a 
daily New York column, theatrical 
news and a book letter, will change to 
a full page Sunday story and con- 
centrate on show news. 



Rap at picture censorship Is 
taken by "Censored; the Private 
Life of the Movie." Authors arc 
Morris L. Ernst and Pare .Lorentz, 
the latter "Life's" picture critic. 

Cape & Smith published it. 



George M. Downs, who publishes 
"Thrilling Stories," will start .a 
couple of new ones. They will be 
c.-illed "Sportland Stories" and "In- 
ternational Detective Stories." 

James V. Daly will edit the latter. 
T^owns may take charge of ".Sport- 
land Stories." 



."Shortly after Hoyden Talbot had 
Joined the Fox .string of writers on 
tljf' cfnst one of (he e.xecs asked for 
lii< addre.ec. The hoy returned say- 
ii]!.' .Mr. Talbot said he didn't know 
wl:' re lie was living. 

Thf exec nindf; the next call him- 
M-If and immediately to inqiilr" 
••vliv. 

"Sfime fellow calls for me (-ach 
niLht and brings me here In tlie 
morning," explained Talbot. "No 
one yet has told me where I live." 



Many Divorces 

Curious complications are in- 
volved in the recent surprise mar- 
riage of William Averell Harrlman 
and Mrs. Norton Whitney. A son 
)f Mrs. E. H. Harrlman, he inherited 
many millions from his father, the 
late financier, and has greatly aug- 
mented this fortune. He is a brother 
of E. Roland Harrlman, Mrs. R. 
Penn Smith, IVIrs. Charles C. Rum- 
sey and Mrs. Robert L. Gen-y. Polo- 
plaj-er and owner of a racing-stable, 
he was divorced by Kitty Lawrance 
(now known as Mrs. Lawrance Har- 
riman), mother of his two daugh- 
ters. Harrlman backed the .early 
productions In which Lillian GIsh 
was starred, leading to her bitter liti- 
gation with Charles H. Duell. In 1925, 
his name was linked with that of 
Teddie Gerard, musical comedy ac- 
tress, who had divorced Joseph Ray- 
mond who died In an Insane asylum. 
Miss Gerard was once courted by' 
George Bronson Howard, playwright, 
who committed suicide. She was 
named as co-respondent when the 
ate E. R. Thomas, millionaire sports- 
man, was divorced by Linda' Lee, 
first of his three wives (now Mr.s. 
Cole Porter). 

The bride of Mr. Harriman has 
also been divorced, and also has two 
children. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Sheridan S. Norton, she Is a grand- 
daughter of the late Benjamin F. 
Einstein, of Harlem, and a niece of 
Abbott Einstein, who was the sec- 
ond of Dorothy Russell's four hus- 
bands. 

She divorced Cornelius Vanderbllt' 
Whitney, son of Payne Whitney, 
millionaire sport.sman, and Gerti'udc 
A'ariderbllt Whitney, millionairess' 



sculptress. During severaly years 
young Whitney was Involved in 
suits and countersuits with Evan 
Burrows Fontaine, dancer, who 
claimed he was the father of her 
son. 

Blue Book Critic 

Rollin Kirby, the New York 
"World" cartoonist, Is in the Social 
Register, along with his wife Estelle 
Carter. So Is their daughter, Janet 
Kirby, wife of Langdon W. Post, 
rich and fashionable politician, for- 
mer dramatic critic on the "World." 
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldron K. 
Post, Langdon' Is a nephew of Mrs. 
Goelet Gallatin and Mrs. Hamilton 
Fish 'U'ebster, of Newport. His sis- 
ter, Mary Post, is Viscountess Ly- 
mington. Mr, Kirby is now in Holly- 
wood. Mrs. Kirby Is In Bermuda, 
Family Tradition 

Arthur Byron, Jr., son of the well- 
known actor now playing in "The 
Criminal Code," Is honeymooning 
with his bride, Marie Simpson, ac- 
tress. Arthur, Jr., is a newspaper 
artist, and in marrying an actress 
adheres to his family tradition. His 
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver 
Doud Byron, were noted players, 
and his great aunt was the famoua 
Ada Rehan, of Daly's Theatre. 



Frank Morgan has made anotlier 
-p e rsonffl-WV-t-hls-tjme-ln-iaiapazfi^ 
He "f dllo^ed 'his .brother, 'Ralph- Mor- 
gan, to the stage. They are the sons 
of George Wuppermann, and their 
mother was 'connected with the E. 
H. Harrlman family. 



"Wake Up" Sketch 

A sketch by Mindret Lord has 
been added to "Wake Up and 
Dream." Lord married Margurito 
Namara, musical C9medy prima 
donna, in 1926. Margurlte first di- 
vorced Fred Toye, father of her son, 
Fred Toye, Jr. She then divorced 
Guy Bolton, father of her daughter, 
Peggy Bolton.. Bolton, the play- 
wright, later iifiarrled Mary Rad- 
ford. 



Society Connection* 

Capt. atid Mrs. Alastair Mackin- 
tosh have been visltlne in New 
York, and moving in the best 
society. She is a daughter of the 
late Cincinnati millionaire, John J. 
Emery, and the lady is now Mr.s. 
Alfred Anson. A brother, John J. 
Emery, married a daughter of the 
Charles Dana Gibsons after she di- 
vorced George . B. Post Jr., and a 
sister married the Grand Duke 
Dmitri.. Mackintosh wa^. the sec- 
ond husband of Constance Tal- 
madge, of the movies, following 
John T. Plaloglou and preceding 
Townsend Netcher. Prior to. bis 
present marriage Mackintosh was 
associated with the Rex Ingraham 
studios at Nice. 



Ula Sharon Is appearing at the 
Cafe de Paris In London, and later 
will have a leading role In Sir Al- 
fred Butt's production of "The Three 
Musketeers." She divorced Carl 
Randall, with whom she had danced. 
Her name was originally Robinson. 



London as It Looks 



(Continued f;rom page 56) 
sighted, and pick out young actrcsees, whom he would hire for a term 
of years and then farm them out. Edna Best was one of his dis- 
coveries, put under contract In, this way. 

London's Greatest Season ' 

About a quarter of a century ago, Vedrennc ran the Court theatre with 
Granville Barker, and the English theatre certainly reached, at that 
time, the apex of its culture. Vedrennc found Galsworthy, whose first 
play, "The Silver Box," he put on at the Court. He put on "The Doctor's 
pilemna," and "Major Barbara," first seen in that theatre, and he and 
Barker staged plays by St. John Haiikin and all sorts of authors wiio 
afterwards achieved considerable prominence. 

There was a sort of stock company. Including Barker. The shows 
were really well staged, and the result was that really intelligent audi- 
ences were attracted to a London theatre almost for the first and almc-jt 
for the last time. ' . 

The Two Old Managers 

During recent months, Vedrenne has been lU at Weybrldge, near 
Arthur ColUns's house, and the two old men have been sitting In the 
garden calling themselves "old gentlemen" and wondering what the boys 
were doing In London. 

Arthur Collins, I am glad to aay. Is very much better. Vedrenne, 
alas. Is dead. 



No Salary — Stops 

.Stock folded at the Casino, 
Orantwood, N. J., this week. Tlu; 
east refns(-d to go on -Monday when 
salaries for the proviou." week- 
were not forth coming. 



"B'way Interlude" Soon 

"Jiroadway Interlude," dramatiza- 
tion of Achmcd Abdullah's novel of 
same title, will n^ach production 
ni'Xt month via Irving Lande. 
Abdullah has made the dramatlza- 
j lion. I.4inde, one of the younger 



I produeers, formerly fig\ircd as pro- 
The Ktofk, installed by Josepli ■ dueer of "fJarnival" and "The 
Dvnlin, had been in three we<!k.s. ' Crook.V (.'onventlon." 



58 



VARIETY 



L E G I TIM ATE 



VVednesday, March 5, 1930 



B way Trade Looks Down in Legit; 
Great Weekend for Moving Trucks 



Broadw.'iy went into Its annual 
business flop last week — as it al- 
ways does, immediately followinp 
Washington's Birthday. 

The holiday week had not been 
so hot. Grosses dropped as. much 
as 15,000 and that took in some of 
the dramas. 

Two new hits arrived last week 
In "The Green Pastures" at the 
Mansfield. Attendance leaped to 
capacity after a Wednesday start, 
the clicking of the colored cast 
drama being a surprise. "The in- 
ternational Revue" did not ring de- 
spite its^ames and rating. Takings 
at the Majeatip were $31,000 and at 
$6.60 could "have been much more. 

Shaw's "The Apple Cart" figures 
to be in the money starting: with 
$18,000 for its fii:st week at the 
Beck, "Gala Night" fiivved at 
Erlanger's and will close this week. 

Regardless of the trend there is 
a number of musicals getting big 
money. "Flying High," which 
opened Monday, may join that 
group, "Sons o' Guns" is still best 
with better than $47,000 last week; 
"Fifty Million Frenchmen" and 



"S i iitp l e -Si niun" iinxt at $467eO(>r -Erdmartr-J w J in w i ll pftrfn r m a 3 g £. 



16-WEEK BUY FOR 
'PASTURES; COLORED 



"The Green Pastures," the first 
indicated' hit the Mansfield has had 
since the Chanlns built it several 
years ago, won a 16-week buy from 
tlie ticket brokers. 

The agency men were skeptical 
about the colored cast drama, 
which has a religious trend, and 
stalled when Harry Klein, for the 
Ghanins, called on them to make 
the deal, following the show's rave 
notices. 

The show Is the first success for 
Lawrence Rivers, Inc., a firm thiat 
started last season, produced a flop 
then and one early this season 
("Maggie the Magnificent"). The 
producer is really. Rolland Stebbins. 
a downtown broker, 

Charles Stewart, general manager 
for the Rivers people,, was taken to 
the Post Graduate Hospital last 
week directly after the show opened. 
He was operated on by Dr. John F. 



"RVpplesr" $41,000; "Strike Up th* 
Band" slightly off, $34,000; "Bitter 
Sweet" and "Wake Up and Dream" 
around $26,000; ' "Sweet Adeline" 
and "Heads uV dropped to, $23,- 
000; "Sketch Book", bit more; "-Top 
Speed" still here but low money, 
except for "Street Singer" which 
leaves. 

Dramas 

"Strictly Dishonorable" held its 
pace at $22,000 and with "Wise 
Child," which got as much, top 
the non-musicals, with "Green Pas- 
tures'' apparently a. new contender. 

Several dramatic hits skidded, 
"Berkeley Square" and * "Dishonor- 
ed Lady" getting about $17,000; 
"Rebound" was off but stood up 
much better, getting over $19,500; 
"Death Takes a Holiday," around 
$14,000; "June Moon" skidded to 
$12,000; "First Mrs. Fraser" dropped 
to $11,000, about the figure for "The 
Last Mile" and "Meteor"; "Topaze" 
held to its opening $13,000 pace; 
"Young Sinners," bit more; "Jour- 
ney's End" slipped to its lowest 
mark since opening a year ago, $8,- 
000; "Street Scene." other holdover 
drama, estimated around $10,000; 
"Those We Love," between $7,000 
and $8,000; "Children of Darkness" 
got $9,000; "Infinite Shoeblack," 
"Bird in Hand" and Broken Dishes' 
about $8,000, with the others less. 
In and Out 

"Love, .Honor and Betray," El- 
tinge "City Haul" closing again; 
"Penny Arcade" opens at the Ful- 
ton; "This Man's Town" comes to 
the RItz with "Mendel" due to move 
or close; "The Blue Ghost" due at 
Forrest, with "Bird in Hand" mov- 
ing to the 49th St.; "Sketch Book" 
moves from the 44th to Chanln's 
46th, "Top Speed" going from there 
to the Royale, and "Street Singer" 
leaving that house for the road; 
"Nancy'd Private Affair" moves 
from the Hudson to the 48th Where 
"The Boundary Line" stops; "Every^ 
thing's Jake" moves from the As- 
sembly (Princess) to the Bijou, 
"Apron Strings" going from the 
latter to the Cort. 

All In all it looks like a heavy 
week-end ■ for the transfer men. 
Added to last week's closings was 
"Phantoms" at Wallack's. 



ond operation.aa sobn.xis the.paLtieJit 
can again go under the knife. 



"Criminal Code" in List 
For Coast Production 

Los Angeles, March 4. 
Casting of the coast production of 
The Criminal Code" awaits the 
arrival of Arthur Byron, who will 
play his original part. Byron jiow 
playing . in Philadelphia, plans to 
duck the road and come into .the 
Belasco & Curran production. Mar- 
tin Flaven, the author. Is here. 

"Code" not likely to go into re- 
heai'sal before May. Looks like the 
local Belasco for opening, then San 
Francisco. Meantime "East of 
Suez" playing the Curran, San 
Francisco, is due at the local Bel- 
asco March 24. "Journey's ■ End" 
will wind up eight weeks at that 
house March 15 so a dark week 
mars the bookftig sheet. 

Road show of 'It's a W^ise Child" 
comes to the Geary, San Francisco, 
in July for four weeks, then to the 
Los Angeles Belasco for six weeks. 

Belasco and Curran also have the 
coast rights to Elmer Rice's "Street 
Scene'' and will prepare for its pro 
duction following "The Criminal 
Code," but whether it will go on 
before or after "It's a Wise Child" 
has not been decided. 



No Ballyhoo, No Troup 
For Fulton, Brooklyn 

The dramatic stock scheduled to 
open at the Fulton, Brooklyn, Mon 
day, failed to materialize when Al. 
Spiegel, house operator, did not live 
up to his end of an arrangement 
on publicity and adverti.sing on the 
change of policy. 

The stock, headed by Kenneth 
Burton and Bee Moi-osco, had agreed 
to go in on commonwealth arrange- 
ment with provision that Spiegel 
would provide usual advertising. 

The company when finding no 
advertising in the Brooklyn papers 
Sunday announced their decision 
not to open. 

With the mob on common wen 1th 
Spiegel had no redress except to 
accept decision of the company 
which gave hlni another weelt to 
get the advertising money up or 
else. 



FUTURE PLAYS 




L. v., Kansas City "Journal," said: 
Roscoe Alls is the comedian, and 
does a sprlglitly job of It. He can 
sing, and his eccentric dancing is 
great. He also made the nearest 
vertical bow, ever made on a local 
stage. A ramrod is as a pretzel, 
compared with Roscoe's back, when 
he acknowledges vociferous ap- 
plause." 

ROSCOE AILS 

Featured Comedian with Schwab & 
Mandel'3 "New Moon" Co., enroute. 
Direction LOUIS SHURR 



6 Shows Out 



Broadway's closings are at least 
six in number. One of tlic group 
made a fair run and one other a 
moderate date. 

"Gala Night," presented independ- 
ently at Erlanger's last week, will 
be withdrawn this Saturday. 



"GALA NIGHT' 



Opened Feb. 25. Critics 
tossed this one to their assist- 
ants, who found iit feeble fun. 



"Phantoms," also independent, 
stopped at Wallack's last Saturday. 
Six wetks, Less tliau $3,000 during 
any week. 



"PHANTOMS" 

Ope.ned Jan. 13. Gabriel 
(American), the only varsity 
scribe ta catch it, safol: "An 
incredibly stupid mess." 

Variety (Char) figured: 
"Problematic if even cut rates 
can keep this one alive." 



Shows in N. Y. and Connnent 



Figures estimated and comment point to some attractions being 
■ auccessfuli whil^ the same .gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance i^ explained in the difference in 
house capacities with the varying overhead. Also the size of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross of profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play Is also oonsidered. 

ClassificMion of attraction, house capacity and top prices of the 
admission scale given below. Key to .classification: C (comedy) i 
D (drama); R (revue): M (musical comedy) ; F (farce): O (operetta). 



Admission tax apfilies on tickets over $3 



"Apron Strings," Bijou (3d week; 
(C-605-$3). Business along Broad- 
way took expected slump lasi 
week, which followed Washing- 
ton's Birthday; "Strings" rated 
lightweight; moves to Cort Mon- 
day, "Hverything's .fake" coming 
here from Assembly. 

"Berkeley Square," Lyceum (18th 
week) (C1957-$4.40). Slipped last 
week for first time at $17,000; 
away out in front. 

"Bird in Hand," Forrest (49th week) 
(CD-l,015-$3.85). English com- 
edy expected to run until sum- 
mer; off last week, at $8,000, but 
profitable; rhoves again to 49th 
Street, succeeded here by "The 
Blue Ghost." 

"Bitter Sweet," Shubert (18th week) 
(M-l,395-$5.50). Knglish operetta 
has made igood; big money when 
at Zlegfeld, but holdini? up okay 
here, too, at reduced price; about 

.$27,000. 

■"Brcken — &i»hes;'' — Masiiue — tTStlr' — estimate d-$45,0M 
, " week) ■ CC-70 0~ $ 3) . ' "Win— probably ' '*s«"<t'^h--Book/' 44 ti 
last through spring, being a low 



last week; Guild will show ,".\ 
Month in the Counti-y" March 17. 
"Nancy's Private Affair," Hudson 
. (8th week) (CD-l,094-$3). Will 
move again, this time to 4Kth 
Street; around $7,000. 
"Phantoms," Wallacic s. Taken olTC 
Saturday. 

"Rebound," Plymouth (gth week> 
(C-l;042-$3.85). Held up very 
well ' last week; claimed betfier 
than $19,500, not much of drop. 
"Rrtzy," Longacre (4th week) (C- 
l,019-$3). Final week; goes, to 
subway circuit; "Mendel, Inc.," 
moves in from Ritz. 
"Ripples," New Amsterdam (4th 
week) (M-l,702-$6.60). • Third 
week saw relatively slight- drop; 
around $43,000, regarded as big 
for this show. 
"Simple Simon," Zlegteld (3d week) 
(M-l,622-$5.50). Agency trade 
may not be as strong, as brokers 
hoped for, business is capacity; 



"The "Street Singer," presented by 
the Shuberts, leaves the Royal Fri- 
day for Chicago, r'layed most of 
Its 24 weeks at t'le Shubert. 



Madelyn Killeen and Dan IVTur- 
phy for "Three Merry Maids" which 
went into rehearsal . last week. 
Harry Pudk, featured In the show. 
Is staging the dances. 



'*Movies," a satire, by living Kaye 
Davis, will reach production next 
month via a new producing corpo- 
ration headed by the autlior. 

"Blind Windows,"^ withdrawn 
after i^rcvious road trial, has been 
revised and will shortly be given 
another try by David Belasco. 

Beth Merrill will again head cast 
and production is scheduled to re- 
sume rehearsals in two weeks. 

"Whatta- Break" went into re- 
hearsal last week and will reach 
production throe weeks hence via 
Conness and Ravold. Cast on com- 
monwealth and waived bond at 
Equity. 

"A Month in the Country," next 
for the Theatre Guild will not open 
cold at the Guild, Now York, as 
previously reported, but will bow 
In at the National, Washington, D. 
C, ne.vt week and supplant "Meteor" 
at the Guild, New York, the fol- 
lowing week (March 17). 

Cast includes Alia Nazimova, 
Dudley Dippres, Klliott Ciibot, Alex- 
ander Kh'kland, Henry Travers, 
Douglas Uumbrillo, Hortcnso AUlen, 
iCunice Stoddard, Eda Heninenian, 
Minna Philips, Louis Veda, Charles 
Kraus anil Edward Wragge. 

"Prima Donna," by Hatcher Hughes 
and Lillian Harris, is set as next for 
Willium Harris, Jr. Now casting, 
and due for rehearsal in two weeks. 

George. Givot and Farley Gates 
have formed a combine as legit pro- 
ducers, and arc readying a new re- 
vue "Tinker Town" as their first, 
scheduled for pro<luctlon next 
month. 

" "In Command,' .a Shul)crt produc- 
tion, with Richard Bennett, Broad- 
way bound, is having a tryout next 
week at the Majestic, Brooklyn. 

"Out of the East" is being readied 
for immediate production by Charles 
Park.*-. Now casting and goes into 
rehearsal next week. It opens cold 
at a New York house April 8, 



"THE STREET SINGER" 



Opened Sept. 17. "A good 
show, breezy and abundant," 
declared Garland (Telegram). 
Darnton (Eve. World) thought 
its dancing insured some pros- 
perity.. 

Variety (Land) predicted: 
"Moderate success." 



"The Boundary Line," offered by 
Jones and Green at the 48th Street, 
will stop. Five weeks. Around $5;- 
000. 



"THE BOUNDARY LINE 



Opened Feb. 5.- "Tedious, 
long-winded and obvious," re- 
ported Anderson (Journal), 
while Brown (Post) empha- 
sized: "A colossal and unmiti- 
gated bore." Others regretted 
its wasted possibilities. 

Variety (Rush) summarized: 
"Net result three dull acts, 
obscure chatter, and short 
stay on Broadway." 



In addition "City Haul" will close 
at the Eltinge. Started at tho llnd- 
.son. Played 10 weeks td sjuall 
money throug'.iout. Was aniuiniired 
to close several weeks ago. 
"Ritzy," presented by T. Law- 
rence Weber at the Longacre, goes 
to subway circuit Monda.\'. I''our 
weeks. 



cost show; probably off bit with 
field, but $8,000 quite profitable. 

"Children of Darkness," Blltmore 
(9th week) (CD-l,000-$3.85). 
Slipped, but management satisfied 
at $9,000, gotten partly through 
cut rates. 

"City Haul," Eltinge (10th week) 
(C-892-$3). Final week; sup- 
posed to have folded three weeks 
ago; guaranteeing house $2,500, 
but last week's gross less than 
that; "Love, Honor and Betray" 
next week. 

"Death Takes a Holiday," Barry- 
mdre (11th week) (D-l,090-$3). 
Maybe freak di'aw. but climbed to 
good money, with matinees big; 
$14,000 estimated. 

"Dishonored Lady," Empire (5th 
week) (D-l,099-$4.40). After fine 
start slipped last week to some- 
thing over $17,000; may stick well 
into- spring, however. 

"Fifty Million Frenchmen," Lyric 
(loth week) (M-1.400-$G.G0). New 
musicals have not affected greal 
pace of this one; capacity last 
week, $45,000. 

"Firsf Mrs. Fraser," Playhouse (llth 
week) (C-S79-$3.sr>j. Took lusly 
drop along with some of oDi-.m- 
money shows; about ?1T,000, oven 
with extra matinee. 

"Flying High," Apollo (1st week') 
(M-1,168-$6.G0). Presented bv 
George White; opened Mondav 
with $11 top aiiplyin.u. 

"Gala Night," Erlangcr'.s (2d week) 
(CD - 1,520 - $3). Final week; 
opened last week, but manage- 
ment* decided it won't do; house 
gets revival oC "The Rivals" nex; 
week. 

"Heads Up," Alvin (17th week) 
• (M-1,398-$B.50). Eased down- 
ward, but showing weekly profit: 
under $25,000. 

"International Revue," Majestic (2u 
week) (R-1,776-$C.G0). First nisfhi 
performance away under expec- 
tations; dailies panned touted 
musical; in seven performances 
got $31,000, including $10,000 first 
night; could have held great deal 
more. 

"It Never Rains," liaye.s (IClli week) 
(C-860-$3). Doesn't make much 
difference what this one gets be- 
cause it costs so little to operate: 
puce $3,000 up to last week. 

"Journey's End," Miller's (51st 
week) (D-946-$4.40). Downwanl 
apaln with gross slightly undo- 
$8,000; lowest marked tor hold- 
over dl;nii;i which h;is run lU'arU 
year. 

"June Moon,' i;n.;.iilhur.st ('>■>■, 
week) T-1.T1S-S,^). Pi-ii'e lowered 
to $3 Monday; lousiness dr()])peil 
last week to $12,000 or le.-;s. 

"Many a Slip," Little ^^)ll^ week) 
(C-u;!(i-$:!.S,") ). Xot iM.tr, lnu i^is 
chance to stick at fair uw.ncv: 
*7.nO0 to $,S,()00. 

'•Mendel. Inc.," Kii-/ '(li-.th week) 
C:;-94o-$3.8i")). Moves to Longacre 
.Monday: $S.OO0 to $9,000; "Thi!- 
.Man's Town" nekt week. 
■Meteor," Guild (tltli week) (CD- 
914-$3). AnoUior week, though 
'Still inakin:;- .«onie money: $11,00'^ 



AHEAD AND BACK 

Beauvais Fox and Clayton Jlaniil- 
ton, ahead; Walton Bradford, back. 
"Sherlock Holmes," Chicago. 

Howard Smith", back, "Jenny," 
Chicago, 

William Fields on leavinn from 
Jones and Green is ahead of 
"Whoopee." 

Harry Forwood now press agent 
for Stuart Walker's middle western 
stock companies, headquartering In 
Cincinnati. 



Stock by Consent 

Chicago,' March 4. 
I-Jy agreeing to make weekly pay- 
nicnt.v In advance on a $2,000 debt to 
I'jtiuity, DerniisKiion h;is been given 
Don Dlxon to open a slock company 
at the Warrin^'toii, Oak Park, a 
sul'U)-b. 

Actors will w;,ivc claims in ad- 
vance. Company opens March 10. 
Dixon's la.«t flyer floundered with 
the $2,000 liability resulting. 



'♦Sketch -Book," 44th- St.- (.3fith week) . - 
(R-l,325-$6.60). Will hiove - to 
Chanin's 46th St. next week; re- 
vue has been making plenty, oven 
eased off; $25,00o estimated. 
"Sons o' Guns," Imperial (Intli 
• week) (M - 1.466 - $6.60). Like 
"Frenchmen," this musical sniasJi 
•not affected by new musicals;, 
still rated leader fit better than 
$47,000. 

"Street Scene," Ambassador (61st 
week) (C-l,200-$3.85). Around 
$10,000 for long-run drama. 

"Strictly Dishonorable," Avon (25th 
week) (C-83a-$3.85). Not off last 
week and closed to $22,000 again; 
extra matinee dropped. 

"Strike Up the Band," Times Square 
(8th week) (M-l,057-$6.60). Very 
little off at around $34,000. 

"Sweet Adeline." Hammersleln's 
(27th week) (M-l,265-$6.60). Drop 
frojn the holiday week about 
$5,000, but some dramas slipped 
that much; $23,000. 

"The Apple Cart," Beck (2d week) 
(C-l,189-$3). Looks like this one 
is in; Shaw play got off to $1S.U00, 
including subscriptions (Guild). 

"The Boundary Line," 48th St. (Oili 
week) (CD-964-$3). Final week; 
rate $5,000 show, not enough; 
"Nancy's Private Affdir" moves 
here from Hudson. 

"The Green Pastures," Mansfield (2d 
week) (i:)-l,050-$4.40). Opened 
middle of la.st week, winning rave 
notices; colored cast show climbed 
to cai)acity by Saturday, getting 
$13,000 in live performances. 

"The Infinite Shoeblack," Maxine. 
Elliot (3d week) (CD-924-$3). Off 
to fair start, but has not yet 
shown real strength; around 
$8,000. 

"The Last Mile," Harris (4th week) 
(D-l,051-$3). Got around $11,000 
last week, which after raves only 
moderate for heavy meller. 

"Subway Express," Republic (25tl> 
week) (D-901-$3). Doing little 
trade" at about $7,000; both ends 
probably can better even break. 

"The Plutocrat,'! Vanderbilt i^d 
week) (C-771-'$3). Will go aloi\g 
another week or so, but business 
must materially improve or else; 
not $5,000. 

"The Street Singer," Royale (24th 
week) (M-l,118-$5.50)-. Final 
week; goes out Fi'iday, hopping 
to Chicago; "Top Speed" in 

"Those We Love," Golden (3d week) 
(CD-900-$3). Moderate money so 
far; last week between $7,000 and 
$8,000, but may improve. 

"Top Speed," Chanln's 4Gth St. (lilh 
week) (M-r,413-$5.50"). l\lovc.<-- to 
Royale; slipped well under stop 
limit of $20,000; "Sketch Pool:'' 
comep here. 

'■Topaze," Mu.--ic lin.K (4tli wct-iO 
(U-l,00i)-$3). While not I'ig 
money, satisfactory: about $l3.0i'0 
again. 

"Wake Up and Dream," Selwyn 
(KUh week) (K-l,Ofi7-$R.(i0\. "HoM- 
ing un better thiin some oiliiT 
musii-als: fiu<Ucd around $27. HO"- 

"Wise Child," Belasco (Slst week) 
((;-l,0:iO-$3.S5). Very litHe af- 
fected and at .<;lightlv over $22.nt'0 
about tied with "Pti-ictly T«i.<l'en- 
ornble" for non-r.uisic;il niDney 
honors. 

"Young Sinners," Aloroseo .l.")th 
wei>i<) (CD-893-$3). -Money maker 

sli.uhted at first; eas<'d off xnne- 

whatj but around $13,000. 
Speciaf Attractions — Little Theatres 
Mei Lan-Fang, National; c:hinese 

players moved here from -llUli St.; 

date indefinite. 
"Michael and Mary," Hniikins; 

playing 9 i)er[()rmanees. 
"Everything's Jake," Assembly; 

moves to IJijou Monday. 
"Marco's Millions," Liberty; repeat. 
"The Serenade," Jolson's; revival. 
Japanese Players, Booth; opened 

Tuesday (last night). 
Civic Repertory, 14th Street. 
Ruth Draper, Comedy. 
"The Sea Gull," Waldorf; revival. • 

/ 



Wednesday, March 6, 1930 



LEG 1 T I M A T E 



VARIETY 



59 



ChL Walking Out on "Dishonorable"; 
Says Cast Inferior to Original 



Chicago, Mai'ch 4. 

Plenty of paper In circulation. 
Last week showed no Improvement 
anywhere except at the Cort, where 
"Your Uncle Dudley" rose to f6,000 
with party assistance. 

Even the first week of Gillette's 
revival of "Sherlock Holmes" was 
below expectation at the Erlanger, 
much under that done by Cohan 
with "Gambling" in the same spot. 

"Strictly Dishonorable" Is not 
catching on. Comedy off another 
ilOOO. It's a matter of slipping 
wise Chicago an inferior cast. The 
second act as played here is neither 
daintily nor vulgarly risque, a case 
of Kdward Raquello seeming' to 
missflre completely as Count Dl 
Ruvo. Another thing, Chicago 
doesn't appreciate the Jersey satire. 

The two musical leaders, 
•^"hoopee" and "Animal Crackers," 
left for the road. The Marxes werie 
right steady for 10 weeks at the 
Grand. House is dark two weeks 
and then relights with "Scandals." 
At the Illinois "Sari" replaced 
"Whoopee." "Nina Rosa" still 
hangs on at the Great Northern. 

"Let Us Be day" Is holding up 
steadiest among the non-musicals, 
while "Strange Interlude" is begln- 
ning to slip, but in Its 15th week. 
"Street Sc(in6"^S In jtLs fl'ial' w«ek- 
at the" Apollo, and "Bird iii H3.nd"- 
Is finishing at the Harris. 

"Sherlock Holmes" is booked in 
at the Erlanger for only three 
weeks, with Gillette giving no 
matinees, as he Insists on his $3,000 
nap. 

Deadhead "Jenny" 

A big supply of paper for "Jenny" 
which got a fair start at the Sel- 
wyn. The critics panned the piece, 
but it is building and only in for 
four weeks. The paper gag con- 
sists of letting banks have any 
number of punched ducats with the 
Oakleyltes expected to put in their 
plug. A good move in this In- 
stance, as Chicago seems to like 
artificial society comedies, and has 
a Jane Cowl complex. 

At the Princess "Dear Old Eng- 
land" hasn't got going yet, and 
stays only two more weeks, moving 
north Into the loop unless plans are 
changed by B. P. Bostwick, the di- 
rector-manager-owner. He dousn't 
want to hit New York with this 
gaudy comedy until next fall. 

The Garrlck opened with "She's 
No Lady," a new ccmiedy tried out 
In Detroit. Original script was by 
Mary Hay. H. H. Frazee, Jr., is 
behind it. 

Estimates for Last Week 
"Animal Crackers" (Grand, 10th, 
final week). Closed at around $29,- 
000. Marx brothers consistent right 
along. St. Louis first road stop. 

"Bird in Hand" (Harris, 11th 
week). Around $9,000 with cut- 
raters, something unusual for this 
house. Leaves end of this week. 

"Jenny" (Selwyn, 2d week). 
Panned by critics, but the public 
goes for Cowl, About $14,000, fair 
start. Promiscuous free ducats 
opening. night. 

"Dear Old England" (Princess, 3d 
week). Satirical comedy, around 
$8,500 with Sunday night perform- 
ance added. Far below what it 
should do on merit. 

"Let Us Be Gay" (Studebaker, 
8th week). May last 10 to 14 weeks 
$14,000. 

"Nina Rosa" (Great Northern, 8th 
week). Musical holding up at be 
tween $20,000 and $22,000. 
- "Strange Interlude" (Blackstone, 
15th week). First indication of slip 
at $15,500, difference between that 
and regular $18,000 or $19,000 in 
main floor sales. Balconies still 
packing. New cast has Elizabeth 
Risdon giving big punch In that 
powerful fifth act. 

"Strictly Dishonorable" (Adelphl, 
4th week). Down another grand to 
$3 4,000. Mistake to put In cast 
with only Charles Bichman to 
maintain performance. 

"She Couldn't Say No" (Garrick, 
1st week). New comedy with Lynne 
Overman, replacing two weeks of 
Sh.'ikospeave by the Stratford-on 
Aviin I'layers. 

"Sherlock Holmes" (Erl.ingor, 2d 
Week). Public clamor for William 
Gillette in this revival did mt .op'>n 
a.s heavily as expected. Though 
$19,000 good for sev-?ii perform 
anccs. 

"Sari" (Illinois, 1st week). Mu 
sical replaced "Whoopee," which 
Went on a short tour, closing v.'lth 
around $30,000. Another show be- 
low expectation tor its limited .six 
Weeks, 

"Street Scene" (Apollo, 11th 
■week). Around $16,000. Goes on 
road end of week, opening at Min- 
neapolis. 

"Your Uncle Dudley" closes the 
end of this week (8) at the Cort and 
goes into storage. House goes dark 
temporarily. 

Special Attractions 

Majestic (Shubert) — 2d week of 
'Naughty Marietta" revival. Flr.st 
\veck, $14,000. 

Goodman — Civic repertory favor 
itps in "Holiday," with much ado 
''hfoit some Improper ca.«ting. 



Boston, March 4. 
The Shuberts, having the town all 
alone last week, got a break. The 
Shubert, $28,000 with "New Moon." 
The Little Show" at the Wilbur 
around $26,000. 

At the Plymouth, theatre "Little 
Accident" continues as a big winner. 
Gross last week around $17,000, 
about $1,000 less than capacity. At 
the Majestic, "Robin Hood" opening 
week good, everything considered, 
with $16,000. 

"Young Sinners," at the Lyric 
(formerly the Apollo and once the 
Keith Vaudeville house), was a flop 
opening week, with gross about 
$8,000. 

Estimates for Last Week 
"The Nev*> Moon"— Shubert, third 
week, $28,000, the leader in town. 

"The Little Show"— Wilbur, third 
week, $25,000. Show indicates strong 
draw. This, its last week, should 
play capacity. 

"The Merry Widow" — Majestic, 
first week. Last week "Robin Hood" 
did $16,000. 

"Little Accident"— Plymouth, fifth 
week, $17,000, 

"The Ghost Train"— Copley thea 
trer- — :. . —- 



Boston Takings 



FRISCO GROSSES 

San Francisco, March 4. 
Two outstanding money-getters 
marked last week among the legiti 
mate theatres. Lenore Ulrlc in "East 
of Suez," at the Geary, smashed b. o. 
records for the season, gathering 
close to $19,000 In her first week. 
Next door, at the Curran, "Oh, Su- 
sanna," continued to build slightly 
over preceding weeks. This coast- 
produced musical of early California 
days copped around $16,000, which, 
considering the length of its run In 
this house, is satisfactory. 

At Henry Dufty's Alcazar "Tour 
Uncle Dudley" Is gettnlg ready to 
bow out, but maintained fair pace, 
$5,000. Dufty's President, with 
"Broken Dishes," also hit little 
above $6,000, considered good. 

Green Street, with "The Peep- 
hole," dark owing to police interfer- 
ence, but will open next week, jury 
acquitting show of being Indecent. 



Shows in Rehearsal 



"A Month in Country" (,Thc- 
atre Guild), Guild. 

"Room 349" (Wm. S. Bivnes), 
Lyric Studios. 

"Jonica" (Wm. Friedlander), 
Longacre. 

"House Afire" (Arthur 
Fisher), Hudson. 

"Siberia" (Shuberts), Shu- 
bert. 

" Railroaded " (Keller & 
Dean), Bryant Hall. 

"PlaytKings of Fate" (Abbe 
Productions), Mecca Temple. " 

"Mayfair" (Richard Hern- 
don), New Yorker. 



Philly Goes Normal After Spurt; 
"Interlude" Sensation, 




Pitt's Big Figures 

Pittsburgh, March 4. 

Town went musical lastnveek and 
good returns all along the line. 

"Scandals" took top money, get- 
ting close to $30,000 at $4.40 top at 
Alvin. Opened slow, but picked up 
after middle of week and sailed 
along nicely. Not up to usual gross 
for $4.40 musicals here, however. 

Mitzi, at Nixon, in "Sari" sur- 
prised, claimed around $22,000 at $3. 
With "Vanity Fair," formerly known 
as "Padlocks of 1930," coming in 
next week, it will give George WIntz 
shows three out of four weeks at 
this site. House currently dark. 

"Aloma" not a happy thought for 
George Sharp Players, and takings 
at Pitt off. 



Old Rialto, Hoboken, remains 
upder t^ie control of Morley and 
"Throckmorton. Previously reported 
that the house had reverted to Jules 
Leventhal. 



Capital Improves 

Washington, March 4. 

Town Is encouraging legit. Last 
week Ziegf eld's "Show Boat," back 
where it first started, got about 
$32,000, while Ethel Barrymor© at 
Poll's groissed near $16,000, 

Checking back on the encourage- 
ment angle results here compared 
with Baltimore, two hours away, 
discloses William Gillette with $26,- 
000 here and $16,000 In Baltimore. 
Otis Skinner, $19,000 here and $6,300 
In Baltimore. 

"Blossom Time" came In ready to 
close. Business ran to about $13,000 
and six more weeks were added. 
This on© at Poll's while others 
listed were National attractions. 

"Show Boat" finishes in Baltimore 
this Saturday. 



Wright's Production 

Splash Agitates L. A. 

Los Angeles, March 4. 
Andy Wright, here to. produce 
"Philadelphia," which (lopped In N. 
Y„ is looking for an ofllcc. Wright 
got himself desk space in the oiTlce 
of Scott & Roth, real estate deal- 
ers, put a 24-sheet stand In tlio 
Hollywood Legion Stadium telling 
the world he was about to do the 
production and the fun started. 

First the office was crowded with 
actors all day and the real estate 
boys couldn't do any work. Then 
someone copped an overcoat bor 
longing to Scott. Wright evidently 
didn't know that he had an office, 
Cor he never showed up after the 
day he. rented the office. 

Soon creditors started to come 
around with samples of not-so-» 
negotiable checks. They claimed 
the checks had been Issued by 
Wright. They tried to locate tilm 
at the hotel where he was stopping) 
but the hotel people had not seen 
him for two weeks. In the mean- 



Repairing "Cowardice" ' 
"Cowardice" will not steer Into 
Gansevoort, New York, next week 
as per schedule but will fold for 
repairs. 

The show, produced by Lasthal 
Productions, had been out two 
weeks. 



time the actors. Kept coming, around' 
for jobs. Warren Millias, Wright's 
director, claims he has the play cast 
but would not say who was in It. 

The real estate boys ca.lled a halt 
In Wright's production activities 
when they told Millias he and his 
boss would have to find another 
place to do their casting. Too many 
actors hanging around. Tod much 
kidding of the stonogs and one over- 
coat inissing was enough for them. 
Then again the rent was due and 
they figured they might get a check. 

Wright has been In other jan^ 
while operating -in the east and 
middle west. Last year he opened 
an oflBce in Chicago and then walk- 
ed out. Wright, son of a million 
aire St. Louis man, gets his pro 
motion dough from his old man, 
who gives him an allowance. He 
originally started around Chicago 
putting out tab shows. 



Two Duds in Three L A. Starts; 
"Gone HoDywood," Poor, $8,000 



Los Angeles, March 4.. 

Not much k variation In figures 
from the previous week. Three new 
attractions opened, two of them 
premieres, neither showing much 
chance of getting to first base. 

Roger Grey brought his musical 
concoction "Gone Hollywood" Into 
the Biltmore. It is one of those 
thumbs down affairs- that Is not go- 
ing to get anywhere despite a light 
salaried cast and low cost produc- 
tion. For Initial week around $8,- 
000, which will hardly balance the 
overhead. The other new attrac- 
tion "The Latest Murder" at the 
Figueroa, Is also one of those 
things. In on a "rain check," it 
hardly can approach the balance 
stages with first week take, of 
around $3,000. 

■ Though "Journey's End" skidded 
a bit in its sixth week at the Bel- 
asco it still was the town leader 
around $14,500. Two weeks more 
to go and it will probably leave 
with satisfactory profit. 

"New Moon" for sixth week at 
Majestic has plenty of room at all 
performances and may take to the 
road . In three or four weeks. In 
that case the Mac Loons are get- 
ting the' cast up In "Desert Song" 
so that they can alternate bills on 
tour. Producers figure that they 
will get "Bitter Sweet" >for this 
house next. 

Civic Repertory group got around 
$2,700 for the first week of "A Bill 
of Divorcement" which w'lll not 
mean more than chicken feed to 
the co-op. group. 

"Salt Water" okay for Mr. Duffy 
at the Hollywood Playhouse whdre 
It checked in around $6,000 for the 
second week. "Ladies of the Jury" 
blew out of the El Capitans Sat- 
urdav to make way for "Let Us Be 
Gay." 

Kolb and Dill picked up a little 
trad© in their fourth week at the 
President getting around $5,000, 
which may cure some of Mr. Duf- 
fy's headache. 

"The Latest Murder" flotindered 



Saturday at the Figueroa when Ellis 
and Atkinson, the backers, decided 
$4,500 Investment was sufficient. 
Actors' salaries covered by Equity 
bond. Hampton Del Ruth, producer- 
author of the play. Is looking for 
more capital and a San Francisco 
booking. 

"Gone Hollywood" folds Saturday 
at the Biltmore. It cost the mother 
of Roger Gray, Its featured come- 
dian, $25,000 to play angel to the 
musical. 

House will be dark until March 24, 
when Madg© Kennedy opens In "The 
Perfect Alibi." ^ 

Estimates For Last Week 

Belasco — "Journey's End" (6th 
week). Slipped a bit to around 
$14,500, but that Is lots of profit. 

Biltmore — "Gone Hollywood" (1st 
week). They call It "Haywire" in 
their blUing.s, looks as though b. 
Q. Is haywire too, for friends are 
the main supporters and they were 
In opening night; $8,000. 

El Capitan— "Ladles of the Jury" 
(4th and last week). Did okay for 
final week of stay with around $5,- 
200. "Let Us Be Gay" current. 

Figueroa Playhouse — "The La- 
test Murder" .(1st week). Just one 
of those things; $3,000 maybe. 

Hollywood Playhouse — "Salt 
Water" (2nd week). Craven at- 
traction seems Just right here, close 
to $6,000. 

Majestic — "New Moon" (6th 
week). I'lenty of room with the 
Askam following responslblo for 
most of patronage, Around $10,.'300 
and the Mac Loons reported ready 
to call it quits. 

Music Box (Civic Rcijcrtory) — 
"A EDI of Divorcement" (2d w^ek). 
Thl^ group have not enough sub- 
scribers to get them over the 
hurdles. So this on© (a good one) 
too onlji can check In with $2,700. 

President— "Give and Take" (4th 
week). Kolb and Dill are doin 
better. Around $6,000. 

Vine St.— "The Nut Farm" (2nd 
week). Ha.s corking good ca.st 
which gets more commendation 
than the play, Around $3,800. 



Must Warn of Pay Cut 
Before Monday of Week 

Shoestrlngers and short roll pro 
ducer.s have been given another set- 
back by Equity, which has ruled 
that hereafter casts must be notified 
one week In advance on proposed, 
salary cuts. 

Heretofore some of the boys op 
crating on their nerve hav© notified 
players In midweek or later that 
the pay envelope bulge would be 
smaller 'than usual on Saturday, 
Too much of this sort of thing 
brought plenty of squawks and 
finally caused action by Equity 
Council. 

Equity claimed the former prac 
tlce unfair. Inasmuch as players 
were not consulted as to whether' 
or not they would accept the cut In 
salary, with managers practically 
making such acceptance mandatory 
through last minute notification 
Under new ruling any proposed cuts 
in salary must be posted not later 
than Monday of the -week they are 
to become effective. 



SIOUX CITY STOCK 

Iowa, March 4, 
The Rialto, which has been closed 
sine© the Boyd B. Trousdale players 
closed their engagement, will be rc 
opened with a new company March 
4. . 

The new company will be the 
Neale Harvey players. The company 
numbers 21 persons; .which Is the 
largest that has been In the city 
for many years. 



AL HEAD WITH FOX 

On Monday Al Head joined the 
New York Fox publicity staff. He 
may receive a special assignment 
on the McCormack picture out of 
town. 

Head has b^en with the Tlicatrc 
Guild. 



FRENCH COMPANY DUE 

The French Company, now tour 
ing Canada, will open in New York 
with a repertoire of French mu 
.sical comt'dlf.-;-: around th(j otnl of 
March. Thoy are now reported to 
be negotiating for 'the Ca.sino. 

Following the Now York :>[) 
pparanc*, the "^omijanv will t<ii 
j through the U. 



Philadelphia, March 4. 
Spurting strikingly after the 
Christmas holidays, business in the 
legit here hns eased off again, but 
last week, although there was only 
one "smash," at least six of the 
nine offerings reported profit. 

The sensation of the week was 
not surprising, "Strange Interlude," 
at the Garrlck, which opened Its 
long-heralded engagement with 
capacity trade that reached a $22,- 
000 figure for six performances. 
Eugene O'Neill's nine-acter is re- 
ported sold solid for four weeks. 
It is set for tha Garrick for two 
months and then must vacate he- 
cause of Mask and Wig's hard- 
and-fast booking on April 21. At 
that time, it will probably move to 
th6 Broad If bookings can be ar- 
inged. Some of the wiseacres 
figured nearness of Philly to Broad- 
way would hurt the O'Neill piece 
here but that didn't show. 
"Brothers" Good Month 
Other attractions that clicked 
sm.artly last week were "A Wonder- 
ful Night," which started mildly 
enough at the Shubert, but picked 
up steadily all week and grossed 
around $20,000 with indications 
that It will beat that mark by five 
grdnd this week; Fritz Leiber, who 
did a second splendid, week in 
Shakcspeareap -Repertoire:. at-TIthe. . 
Chestnut, flgiired at $14,000, and 
"Brothers," which Is now virtually 
certain to round out a full month's 
run at the Walriut to profitable 
trade! First week's business figured 
at $12,000, again with indications of 
a quick gain. 

"Blossom "Time" on Its umpty* 
umpt visit also got real money In 
Its second and final week at the 
Forrest. Plenty of cut-rating. The 
third musical In town was "Th© 
Merry Widow," also rounding out 
a fortnight's stay, and beating • Its 
first week's gross at Keith's by 
$2,000 to reach th© $20,000 mark. 
Favorable wor/i-of-mouth (th© best' 
of the light opera revival series) 
helped a lot. 

The Lyric, Adelphi and Broad, 
all with dramatic offerings, did not 
fare as well. Th© first-named got 
a scant ,^6,000 with "A Roman 
Gentleman," which closed for gfood 
Saturday night. The Adelphl got 
around $6,500 with the second week 
of "The Matriarch." and the Broad 
reported about the same with 
"Power," which won corking 
notices but failed io click. 

Without anything out-of-th«- 
ordlnary except for "Strange Interr 
lude," it was a moderately good 
week, 

This week has three openings: 
"The Kingdom of God," with Ethel 
Barry more, at th© Lyric; "Th© 
Criminal Code," at the Forrest, and 
"The ChoQolate Soldier," revival at 
Keith's. Miss Barrymore is In for 
a month, two weeks for each of 
her plays. The other two are 
limited tto fortnight engagements. 

Next Monday brings the Strat-t 
ford-on-Avon players to the Broad, 
and "The Little Show" to the Chest- 
nut, the first-named for two weeks, 
and the latter for a month. 

On the 17th, the professional 
players announce their sixth and 
last offering, "In Command," with 
Rlclxard, Bennett, at the Adelphl; 
"Follow . Thru" at th© Forrest, and 
Miss Barrymore's second, "The Love 
Duel," at the Lyric. 

Estimates of the Week 
"Power" (Broad, 2d week). Great 
notices and no business; well un- 
der $7,000. Stratford- on- Avon 
players next. 

"A Wonderful Night" (Shubert, 
2d week). Started mildly, but got 
going the middle of the week and 
will probably round out a profitable 
month's stay; $20,000. 

"Strange Interlude" (Garrlck 2d 
week). Real smash of the town. A 
sell-out at all performances; $22,- 
000 for six performances. 

Fritz Leiber (Chestnut, 3d week). 
Had second fine week with $14,000. 
Interest In the Bhakesperean troupe 
surprised all the wiseacres. 

"Brothers" (Walnut, 2d week). 
Another figured as good to stick for 
run, at least for four weeks; over 
$12,000 and big advance. • 

"The Criminal Code" (Forrest, l.st 
week). Fairly good start and fine 
notices. "Blossom Time" o. k. at 
cut-rates In final week. 

"The Chocolate Soldier" (Kelth'.s, 
iHt week). Another of the nerles 
of light opera revivals. "Merry 
Widow" boosted to' $20,000 in final 

"Kingdom of God" (Lyric, 1st 
week). Ethel Barrymore opened 
well, nlthough considerably under 
capacity. "Roman Gentleman" 
miseralile nt $5,000 In last week. 

"The Matriarch" (Adelphl, 3d 
week). Not up to previous profes- 
.'-ional players offerings; around 
Si;,5ii0. 



Warren Williams replaced George 
•\bbon in "Tlio.se W<, Love." Abbott 
i i.- fc'fiing Io tlip coast. 



60 



VARIETY 



PLAY REVIEWS 



Wednesday, .March 5/1930 



International - Revue 

ni'vuo In two acts, 30 .scenes, produr'^d 
iin.l MiiKiHl by Lew l.<>slle. Lyrics uiid 
mu.siv- by Dorothy Fielils and Jimmy Mo- 
Jiii^li. Skinches by -Niii N. Dorfman uiul 
L»\v L-'slle. Panel's by iiusby /(erlcelcy 
and Harry Croslry. Harry I.ovaiil, lIlu^'k•al 
Jiri'otor. Ca!>l liicludi's Gertrude l<a\v- 
rfiiro, Harry IMibmati, Argentlnlta, Jai-k 
I'l'.irl. l''liironfp ^^oor<^ MoKs and Fnnlana. 
.I,in^ and WhabMi. licrnlc" antl TCiully, An- 
■..•II ]i.illn. Railael'.l, Ybjla l>obi)s, ICsib.'r 
Miiir. Ijlvia Marraoci. Hicbar.l CSiinlnn. 
i;..vi-niary Derrlnn, .Mi'l'aiin Sis-tors, !!• b-u 
i .ini bf Hi<ri( lilt am) Kubille. H.ibci i Il-'Mi.-. 
r.ah--- lji\'aile, Rlobanl Kyan and i lii'sti'i 
I(:ib- (liilH. Oiiened i;.'. ai ihi> Ma.ic-stii-. 

N.'W Vm!-!;. tiraled l-i Si., 



ti would take the contprUs of ;i 
jiiilliomiire's. i>okO' to fo<^(l thi.-^ ono 
■vvlillc IjuiuiinpTp jiif't >'i-'^ it iouli tho 
si'i-iniiigly unboundt'il fxii-avM^riinco 
oi' Leu- Leslie to attfilipt it. .SUkk- 
fi-.-i insteafl of jn-ai.-^f weiv ic-^ dm- 
"[ji'iiiiis: nifjht Iji X'-\v i'ork, ami on 
111.' thifd nisln, afttu- some iiiin- 
ininL'. It lo.tiUotl aliniisi a-s l.'ail. 

'I'lHTo aro niiir.? astounUiiisr • an- 
^l- .< ri.. tlii.v roviie ilbui pos.^ilil.v any 
lirinlilL-oil lK'foi-<'. Kii-.'it, of foiif.se, 
(lie mil. l-'roin tlio loi'l:^^ of tho^'sliow 
Mill tlie pciiiile in it .salar>' li.-^t 
.>n llu' stai;o end aii|>faf.s to l-c 
jL'ii.i nil niKunmni. 

' St-c-ondiy, the naiiu's. Pliows with 
a aanu' v.i' two han; last"d a ninlit. 
Ij;tl .'^ufli'a siroup as tliis one holils 
must po.ssOss sonii- l)o\-olIU'i' power. 

Thiidiy, the treni^-ndnus aniouiti.of 
.sriatis pii))lieity that has .urown out 
of L"-slies huKe e.xpendiiiires ami 

. ( oi.ihiiiaUtMr of siai-s. If anytliin;; 
u l l L heli>...iliih-sl i uu It will 1)0 t ' x - 
ph'itatiofi— exph)itiVti"iTi\ -pi -the pr.O-- 
rliifcf's extriivaAiaiice— and ma.vhe 
l.e>-lle had that lif,'in"'d out when. Jie 
stai'tiHl. "Intern.-itional llevue" was 
lipped all over town two weeks be- 
fore the ."ihow reached New York, 
and ev4-i'.'C' kno<-ker \v;is a pres.s 
aK>-ni. invoi'yhody agreed Lew Les- 
lie was iolt his nut, hut . everybody 
in"ntiono(j: his show when sayinp so. 

'I'lioy're ttill talkln.£r. and now they 
.•lei'iii convinced the reviie is a Hop — 
til.' incst- iiiagnilicont flop in revue 



record. A three-auarter lower floor 
on the third nlnlit in Now York In- 
dicated the public i.sn't oven curious 
to find out for itself (at $6), and Is 
takinsj tin; general word for It. 

A millonaire's bankroll could keep 
it going, and perhaps that word-of- 
niouth will keep them intere.sted. 
But would it be worth It? It doesn't 
seein so. If so much dousrh went 
the way It did, any dough that fol- 
lows is "liiLble to wind up at the same 
dvpi)!-. 

'I'his reviif giant has heft and a 
l)retty pan, but weak pins arid no 
brain. 

On the third night the heavily 
l)ublieized fcipanlsh . flopporino, Ar- 
m-ntiniia, was out. That might mean 
$3,000 off the weekly nut, but that, 
even if forced, looks like small 
economy after the large original 
liandouls. 

Hiury Kiehman, Gertrude Law- 
rence, "Jtiik I'earl and Florence 
Moore c.'irr.v the piece without ma- 
teriar to work on. Hichman, who 
joined the cast at the last moment, 
is a big factor, and it's interesting 
to wonder how the show, looked 
without lihn. The si)rightly Miss 
I,awr"nee stands out alone — without 
material. ,(ack I'earl and his Dutch 
gab garner some laui;h.s — wilhout 
material. . . 

iJnc for two numbers, in. the music 
section, no writing of note wad bait- 
ed by th>' big b. r. iJorothy Kields 
ami '.linimy .Mcllngh turned out ii 
l>uir ot-hlts, "On the Sunn.v h'ide of 
the t^treet" itnil "K.tai lly Uke You," 
both deslined to live lon.ger tls.'in the 
show. 

^'(■(•nery at' limes is e.vtiuislte. A 
I l'"rerich street sc ne looks like more 
fTrrri 



FLYING HIGH 

MuBlcal comedy In two acts presented at 
tlio Apollo Mai-ch 3 by George AVhlli.'; 
wore liy I>eSyiva, Brown & Henderson; 
book by li. G. Ue.Sylva, Low Brown and 
Jat-k McGDwan; musical numbers staged 
by Hobby Connolly; book stuRed by Clark 
l.llloy; Uert Lahr and Oscar Shaw fea- 
tured. 

Grace Brinkley 

Pearl OsKOOd 

;....O.scar Sliaw 

:icnry Whlttemore 

.Bob Lively 

Dorothy Hall 

.-. llusR Brown 

Kate Smith 

Bert Lalir 

D. f Fred Manatt 

, I.,<>n .Shaw 

,Tack Bruns 



Kili-i'n CnasUl.v . . . 
Bunny MrHUBh . 
Tod Addl-'on 
(Jiirilon Turner .. 

Tim 

.Ju ly Trorii 

"Sport" WardlU 
Pai>sy Siiarks . . . 
"llusty" Krau.io 
Major Walls, M.' 

Mr. Jlonry 

Mr. CMiarlr.s 



The 



anil 

Gale Quadruplets 




KVEnVWODY SnOX'I-D CAKBY IN- 
.StUANCE, but bo sure j-oii arc si>l<l 
tho proper protection. THIS IS 
VKRV IMronXAXT! 

Consult One Who Knows! 

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Specialist In All Lines of 

INSURANCE 

551 Fifth Ave., N. Y. C. 
Phones':— Murray Hill 7838-9 

SKunCE most coast to coast 



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Drama,s with spectacular biick'-: 
ground, ' suitable for adaptation- 
lo musical comedies. Please ^ub.7. 
mlt synopsis only together witli 
full dot;iila. 
AddrcHS iJox 80, Variety, TSew Tork 



jnoiii'V _t.iian nian-y 
sTSal'iras been iii'Odticed oiV.~ lri this 
.scene Anton Dolin (.Irish star of the 
DiaglUlierf lUissiai'i Ballet, billing) 
does a classical Apache. Later he 
litis the sta^e alone, and impresses 
as tlie nearest to I'aul Swan. J'jolin. 
is a graeeful man, but his grace had 
little accompaniment in this show. 
We'd .bo much bettor off in a concert 
hall. 

AVhen Jack Pearl must go back to 
his a. m. and, p. m. routine of years 
ago for laughs before tlio drapes 
tiiero is no question that comedy 
material is the "International's" 
weakness. Richriiari socked them 
hard in his speci;ilty, but used the 
two nun\bers from his picture to do 
it. He's In the .show by announced- 
arrnngc'ment with Joe Sc-henck. 

yiorenco Moore has two specials 
in "one," one of them good, ;ind 
Pearl's special lyric about the mttr- 
ket, called "Tlie :Marglncors," flipped 
a seven. 

After lengthy runnin.g time, ro- 
lievi:d hero and. there by some com- 
ical personal business from Pearl 
and Miss Moore, the blackout, 
"C.-ithorino the (^reat," finishes like 
a burlesfii>e bit. '•The Matinee 
Idol" is best of the sketclies, be- 
cause it's the only really good one 
and because Miss Lawrence makes 
it so. 

Moss and Fontana htivo one spot 
in tho show, doing a ballroom tango 
before the girl.-s In tho second part. 

.7ans and AVhalen clicked with 
their vaudeville routine in "one, 
and ^■iola Dobb's likewise^ with a 
dance in tho second act opening. 
Miss Dobbs is from the Budapest 
Opera Ballet, according to. billing. 
Besides Argentinita those pro- 
gramed but not appearing were the 
McCann Sisters and Kadaelli, latter 
from the L,\ Scala Opera Co. of 
Milan, Italy. 
I Bernlce and Rmily handled their 
I specialty better than most and 
grabbed the smash applause honors 
among minor prLnclpal.s. ICsther 
Muir appeared aS soubret for the 
ensembles."' 

Chester Hale Oirls, the dtmcing 
chorus, showed some new precision 
twists, looked pretty and pleased all 
evening, . 

Miss Moore's two special lyrlca 
were_ axithored • by Manh Hollin'ef 
find jviberta Klchols. Costumes donit 
appear' to have cost as hiuch as ail 
the' gttbsters say they did. "Which 
makes them seejn worse. than they 
.actually. are. ' There Is no nudity. 

From "Blackbirds" to' "Interna 
tional Revue" is a' long trip, with 
nothing between them to break the 
•jump. ■ : ' Bige. 



"Klying High" Is graced by excel- 
lent populiir music, plenty oC laugh- 
ter, girls and diineing. What with 
its scenic beauty and costume nov- 
elty, it entered Broadway Monday 
as a new musical hit. 

George ^Vhite probably had no iii- 
tention of putting "Flying High" on 
at this time. He figured "Scandals" 
good "for a season, but business 
started tapering at the Apollo and 
he went on with the musicarcomedy. 

Whereas A\"hite figured in the 
wi-iting of "Scandals" and directed 
Ihe st-aging of the dance and niu-' 
sical numbers, he was smart enough 
to rea.lize that perhttps it would be 
Well (o engage ahl and lighten the 
tiisU of attending to all angles of 
liroduetion. So he got Bobby Co)i- 
noUy, one of the best little direct- 
ors ' in . musical comedy. Cimnnlly 
but recently entered production wilb 
nt n i nnor , "Sons o 

Clitn-s.' 



rupleta worked In front ot the en- 
sembles In the first act, then did 
their stuff In the second to effect. 
The coast fflrls are clever specialists 
in acrobatic dance work, the feature 
of which Is the timing, 

Al Goodman and his orchestra In 
the pit are a valuable adjunct to the 
show. They were on after intermis- 
sion for a spotlight interlude. 

De Sylva, Brown and Henderson 
have put it over again with their 
songs for George White. "Flying 
High" is real entertainment, and If 
the book was a bit less in evidence 
it would be even better. Jbce. 



SEA GULL 



,' Anton Chekov's' tragedy, presented In rep- 
erti>ry ot Leo BulRakov Thoatro As.soclntes 
at Waldorf. New i'ork, Feb. 25, Directed 
by Leo Bulgakov, with settings by Walter 
Waldcn. 



Masha. 
BImeon Medvedcnko. 
Constantlhe TrepU'V. 

I'oter Sorln, . , 

Ynkov „ .-. .. 

Nina Zavechny 

Paulina.. 

Dr. Dorh. 

Irina Arkadinn 

Shnmraev. .......... 

Borl.s Trleforln 

Kou.scraald :. . 

t;ook ; 



Dorothy Tokel 

Ian Wolfe 

Lewis Leverett 

15. J. Ballantine 

. . . .Boris Marshalov 
.Barbara Bulgakova 

Elza Lnnnrert 

.'. . .Carroll Ashburn 

Mary Morris 

^'lctor Klllan 

'Walter Abnl 

Kvelyii IIIU 

. ....Hobcrt rarson.s- 



PAUL WH ITEM AN 

Booking Exclusioely Through His Oxen Office 

1560 Broadway 
New York City 

JAMES F. GILLESPIE 
Personal Reprcsenlalioe 





AVith '-Flyiiig-lUgh" an in-, 
dicaie.d hit, Ciinnolly is a factor in 
readying a con'tender to his own 
show. 

No question but tliitt Itert Lahr 
meiin.s more to the goiixg than any 
other single member of . the new 
cast. The .tricks with eyes,, arnis 
and those vocal .noises are fatiiiliar 
enough but seem as funny. • Be- 
sides he has some new stunts and 
Is more sure of himself than before. 

I,ahr as 'Kusty Krause in ;t;i'klng 
an tiviator's test panicked the first 
nighters. A physician's test .glass 
led to a screamin.g black out. l-^ven 
Chough the bit itself will bfing 
protest, it' is hard to see how 
they could keep from laughin.g. 
I'M is strictly for adults. Lahr's 
radio micropnone speech was per- 
iiaps hiore ludicrous than tho first 
comic scene. He is supiios^d to. 
have started a plane loaded for a 
coast fli.uht by mist.ike and though 
a dub, stays aloft and -breaks the 
solo endtn^nncQ record. It is the 
funniest situation in tho book and 
the speech is a laugh getter all the 
waj-. Kusty becomes a hero but a 
fellow in Toronto breaks the record 
the next day and he's a bum again. 

The book seemed too long. Th-j 
show stayed out of town several 
weeks in addition to the time in- 
tended because of new settings or- 
dered from I.'rban tifter the Boston 
opening, iind the boolc could have 
been tightened up. It concerns two 
riv.'il aviators — "I'od Allison, who Is 
In love With Eileen Cassidy, and 
Gordon Tiirner, who has aspira- 
tions in the same direction. Judy 
Trent, wealthy blonde vamp, is to 
back Tod in an attempt to break 
the transcontinental record for both 
ways. After delays the flight takes 
the turn of a contest.- The men re- 
turn within an hour of each other 
for musical comedy purposiss. 

As to the tunes, "Without Love," 
sung by Grace Brinkley and others, 
has been touted the best. It gets 
prettier upon repetition by such as 
Oscar Shaw, the juvenile lead, and 
Kate Smith, the heavyweight war- 
bler. However, "Thank Your 
Father" topped "Love" with the first 
nighlors and the matter' of music 
sales. Later that may switch';' AtI- 
otber ditty sure io-y popularity fs 
"Wasn't It Beautiful TVhile It Last- 
ed," done by Miss.. Brinkley arid 
Shaw. ■ StiU ahotherjs the fast "Red 
Hot Chicago," In addition to "Flying 
■High," "Happy Landing" and per 
•haps "I'll Get My Man."' Miss Smith 
came Into her own with "Chicago," 
but there, too, the chorus went into 
high with as fast. a movetnent evo 
lution for so many girls as the sea 
son brought forth. It was one of 
the high spots of the crack Connolly 
direction. 

Liked ,were Miss Brinkley and 
Shaw as the song leads and the love 
Interest. Pearl Osgood made good 
as the fresh little soubret who falls 
for the wise guy, Sisort "Wardell, 
played very "well by Russ Brown 
Miss Osgood scored, too, with dance 
specialties. The girl sure knows 
her back taps. 

Dorothy Hall looked peachy as 
Judy, who still couldn't make the 
.grade with Tod. Miss Smith was all 
through the show, pursuing Lahr, 
upon whom she has matrimonial 
Intentions after correspondence dur- 
ing which she sent him a picture of 
a Ijeautiful girl and he sent a photo 
of John Gilbert The Gale Quad- 



Plays by Russians rank as litera- 
ture and find a ntiturtil media in 
highbrow repertory. Since tlu-y, are 
not seriously offered as opposition 
to ■ the contemporary commercial 
theatre, there i.s slight occiision. for 
trade paper consideration excpjj't as 
a matter of record, with poriiaps 
some comment on tho quality of. the 
pttrtienlai- production: 

Jlr. IJtilgalcov has giy.en ' 



_ ttea. tr.i.iii 1 

m intelli.gent mduntin.g, w-hicii holds 
interest and commands respect even 
whilo literal American minds find 
the symbolism unintelligible. Chek- 
hov is a playwright of undenlalile 
power. ■\vho expbses -with the skill 
of a sur.geon the. cancers eating 
away human souls^' His feeling for 
inarticulate tragedy weaves a spell 
which iricroase.«i' in the .unfoklmenl. 

Standard of acting is 'auite hl.gh 
thfou.ghout. ).an(l. 



The Green Pastures 

r.aiirencp Blvcrs' pvuluctlon ot a play In 
twii n^'ta and IS scrnra by Miirc Connrlly. 
v.<u;;,'e.-li'd by Jto.'irk Bnelloi d'.s soulborr 
<U.i"iis, ••(IV M-ir V Inn :i.-"l Ili<- i^:':!- 
lun.'^ SliiKod by Mr. fNinnelly. Sotlin.sr.'i 
by ' Hubert t;di)iond .lone.':. Muair dnd 
spiritual." dlrn^lml by 
I'i;b. liU at tbo 



Opened 
Y-uk 

.Mr.' Disbee.. 

ll.il.rU^I 

The. L<U'd .... 
(.'hiiii Leader 

.Vila in 

10 vu 

Cain 

Cables C.lrl 

7,'-ba 

Cain the Sixth 

Xoah '. 

N'oab's Wll'e...... ... 

Rhcin 

Flatloi't 

.Inplii-lli 

t'^lrst Clrancr 

Socond Cli-anor 

Iraao 

Jacob 

Mq.scs 

y^lpporah 

Pharaoh 

Hi^ail -Magician 

Jiishua 

Master o( Ccrenionles 

King of Baliylon 

I'rophat : . . , 



Hall ,b>hu.wn, 
Muiisll.1.1, 



Charles li. Mnoro 

W,'Sb-y mil 

Kk'banl B. Harrison 

McKinli y Hoi'\ es 

l)i;uirl I,. Ilayiics 

Ancy. RIehardsonWilson 

I.ou Veruoii 

Dorothy Uandolph 

Kdnii M. HariKs 

..James l-'uller 

Tutt Whllney 

Susie S'.itli'n 

Milton J. Wllliaiii.'i 

t''reildle Archibald 

SlanlelKh Morrell 

Jo.sepblne Byrd 

Flor' ni c Kiclds 

.'Charles 11. Moore 

Kdcar Burks 

...... .Alonzo Fendorson 

Mercedes (Jllhert 

GcorKc Bandol 

.\rthur Porter 

.StanlcUh Morrell 

Billy Cuniby 

....Jay Mondna.ve 
Ivan fiharp 



scenes are spirituals by a powerful 
chorus behind the drapes. After a 
while the singing became rather 
wearisome. As the show ran about 
a half hour too long It needs som© 
clipping and the vocal Interludes 
can take a pruning. A few moments 
off each wait would trim It down 
to proper size and liven the spirittial 
singing. Something doing during 
the changes Is also something dif- 
ferent. 

Robert Edmund Jones' scenery 
describes every locale clearly -vvitii 
uttermost simplicity. A noiseless 
treadmill Is the handiest prop, car- 
rying the Lord in His strolls on the 
earth, with a second and speedier 
'mill to the rear holding houses and 
objects that float by. A smart 
piece of mechanical staging. 

Richard B. Harrison, as the Lord, 
Is the high, low, jack of the cast, 
rating a rave for his charming work 
and easy handling of. a tremendous 
speaking part. Daniel L. Haynes, 
who had the lead in .Metro's ''Hal- 
lelujah," doubles as Adam and 
Hezdrel, "Wesley Hill is Gabriel, Tutt 
Whitney is Noah, and Alonzo Feder- 
son is Moses, all in fine style. Big 
all-colored cast slanis overvihinir 
over ;i,s the author doubtlessly in- 
tended it. l^ige. 



OUT-OF-TOWN REVIEWS 



GONE HOLLYWOOD 

Los Anftoles, Feb. U t. 

Hi-vue In two arts and 2fl s'.-enes pr.iduc-a 
by llii^ji'r C.riiy. ];i)ok and lyiics by (irnv; 
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"Miirlfrlil.'vf ; -•'■| 



li-s by W.-vlter- Will.<!..- OitUcstua .'tu?u- . 
• 'I I'.l by Larllon Ki'L^ey; CiLstumi'S ))V -ci. 
li.i:; : by lliirry Bllhclmcr and ^\:ll- 

;i i..i .^l.•^'l•ll!^.•ll. Til 'ast: Ui)fri>r Oi'i.y, l*.':-t 
Ki'ltiiii. Cli rlv!.- MuXauwhton. Cb'via Cliii — 
1)0)1 .Miller.- Cbavles. C!-..f s, 
l.<oiiard West, .\Iarv Fiaii- 
I Dale. VMW Morri.«, liiui 
mitmore, I-.ds Aug' b'.<, 

'p. 



ly. All-:' 'r., ii'> 

T,iiui.-< 1 rnrriiMii. 

CCS Taylor. CI 
Lyman. At :! 
Fob. L'J. $-J..-.(i 



TRIXIE FRIGANZA 



Personal 



LOEWS, JERSEY CITY, N. J. 

Manager— STANLEY RAYBURN, 1560 BROADWAY, N. Y. 



Artistic success that gives 111 lie 
promise of attaining commercial 
prosperity for its producer and 
author. Latter probably . will be 
praised more- than he will be paid. 

"The Green Pastures" is the most 
"different" play in years. Yet no 
matter how different in a literary 
way, they all look alike to LeBlang. , 
A 10-week stay at the Mansfield 
should be sufficient. 

This is a biblical story, such a 
one as has not been done bfefore. 
The religion h'ereln is in "the tern^s 
of its believers,'' states the aiithor.'f 
note. The believers are the negroes 
of the South, 

The Lord Jehovah Is the leading 
character, fo.llowing the progress of 
his men of the earth from Adam to 
Christ during the course of the 
play. Representation of CSod in form 
of a man, . thinking and breathing 
like a man and mentally troubled 
with his errors and the errors of his 
children, is quite startling because 
it Is so.unu.sual, yet high comedy In 
a most adult and Intelligent man- 
ner. 

Taking his cue from Roark Brad- 
ford's "OI' Man Adam and His Chil- 
lun," Marc Connelly did some beau- 
tifully thought out simple writing. 

-Story I3 played as it would be 
mentally reproduced by a group of 
colored kids hearing their Sunday 
school teacher explain to them the 
story of Man. From a small Sunday 
school class the locale switches to 
heaven — a colored heaven inhabited 
by colored angels with white wings 
and a colored God. As He creates 
Adam, the Lord leaves Himself open 
for plenty of trouble and He gets 
it as the earth spins around. The 
looks of things from the window of 
His plainly furnished office In 
heaven provokes His many trips to 
the earth to. straighten things out. 

Hard hitting comedy prevails 
tloroughout The Lord Himself is no 
chump at cross-fire and His assist- 
ant, Gabriel, is. always there for 
laugh relief. Delightful moment's 
are numeroil' — but pretty arty for 
a mugg and dreadfully lacking in 
box office ability. 

During the waits between tho 18 



Roger Gray undoubtedly saw "The 
Little Show-" in New York. Thaf.s 
where he probably got'the idea for 
"Cfone Hollywood." I'.ut the idea is 
as far as he got, as thi.s one is otiL 
and out liooey. Xatives wouUI 
doubtle.ss call it "dirierent." ■ 

Gray, I'roin nuisieal ciimedy, ami 
with a memory, dug up all the "Joe 
.Millers" he ever heard and smacked • 
'em together for a- hodgo-podye. 
(.Jray's money is in this offering. 
How "niuch is a moot (luestion. 
Roughly estimated it looks liki> 
tiround a $20,000 nut. Xot so tough 
as nuisictil iiroductions go, bu. fiir 
here a good deal. 

For descriptive, ptu'poses, style and 
presentation of "Gone Hi>lly\vi)oO" 
may be termed intimate. I'rogram 
notos give the lowdown on skils, 
blackouts and situations, taking the 
place of a master of ceremonies. 
Gray is credited with tho idea and 
comments on paper that i)rohibition 
gags, cafe scenes and risque stuff ai:o 
out, adding a maybe to the latter, 
however. Explanatory remarks not 
necessary in view of what follows. 
Not a single situation that comes 
nerir bearing a new twist, let alone 
beirig original. Some of it so bid it 
sounds new again. Scenery is Just 
as bad, with nothing in way of a. 
flash. Considering the displays war- 
ranted no elaborate costuming, the 
wardrobe furnished by Corinne Isn't 
.so bad. AVhat there Is of it is neat, 
fresh and tasteful. 

Opening night's performance ran 
rough shod pretty nearly all the way 
except at the introduction, where a 
snapp'y routine by the lineup of 1- 
:girls looked like something 'hat 
might develop, but didn't. Idea for 
the first skit, travesty on the picture, 
premieres out here, might have been 
another good thing, but that, too, fell 
flat. Gag was 'to announce celebs 
via- the mike, but the Way done here 
just an opportunity .muffed. "The 
Senseless Censor," typical pf so 
many other censor blackouts, came 
close, but somebody must have fig- 
ured the cops In this town arc not 
so broadmihded and decided to take 
no bhances, so it was applesauce. 
By the time the first act wound up 
it turned into a Shubert operetta 
revival and brought out Pert Kelton 
as a prima donna and doing it on 
the level! M3.ss Kclton, who has 
done some clever worlr -^"de ."nd 
productions In the east as a come- 
dienne; probably never looked as bad 
In her whole career as when she wiis 
trying to sing here. Error and bad 
Judgment in permitting her to go in 
for something she never, should 
have attempted. This episode, titled 
"A Japanese Garden," and credited 
to Kenneth and Roy 'Webbe, kicked 
a hole In that entre acte. "What 
may have saved it would have been 
clowning or burlesqueing, but nary 
an ad lib or funny crack. Again, 
what was supposed to be a travesty 
00 "Journey's End" was plenty 
fat-clcal but in tha wrong direction. 
Rest of the skits on the same order, 
sometimes worse but never better. 

Second act about on par with the 
first, only more so. This section fea- 
tured a oonilc opera that failed to be 
comic, also a couple of blackouts 
that were pretty old, and a few spe- 
cialties of^ which Miss Kelton's i-ated 
the only legitimate merit, and (hai 
was no fault of the show as :^Iiss 
Kelton u.«!ed-hcr old vaude i'ntilini> 
and goaled 'em after the audience 
had been sitting on Its hands for 
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Wednesday, March. 5, 1930 



GONE HOLLYWOOD 

(Continued from page 60) 



an hour and a half. Finale, called 
"The Lost Chord," a washout. 

Tunes In this will never clutter up 
the music stores. Nothing resem- 
bling a hit melody in the frolic. 
Closest is "Life's a Rainy Day," 
which serves as Miss Kelton's debut 
In the prima ranks and atmosphere 
for a toe gyration by Mary Francis 
Taylor, capable and a looker. Show 
suffers from dearth of comedy, de- 
.spite three candidates for the hon- 
ors in Gray, Eddie Morris and 
Charlie McNaughton. Gray's Work 
at best is comedy foil type, wifh 
same applying to McNaughton, who 
is okay with the English accent 
stuff. Morris is another vaude re- 
cruit with small chance of doing 
anything outstanding here. Of the 
other specialties the Aber Twins 



probably shfne out most because of 
looks.' 

Single, solo by the girls had them 
^floing nicely with violin and dance 
routine. Glen Dale is a dapper juve 
With good pipe.s, but does too much 
and a lot of it is out of place. Par-, 
ticularly the song recital in the sec- 
ond act, which would be okay at 
a musicale or tea some afternoon. 
Buddy Lyman's "stew" dance got 
some attention; but brought nothing 
unusual though Lyman looks like a 
young-stcr who will develop. 

Kn.«emble of 12 girls not fenough 
to fill the stage. For a coast crop 
no beaut champs either. Wills' 
dnnce routines are cut and dried 
lines and formations with the girls 
not showing much On their own. 
And not a clothes parade all 
through. 

"Gone Holly^'ood" looks very 
much like it's going out — soon! 

Span. 1 



DUMMY HUSBAND 

Los Angeles, Feb. 2T. 
Three-net comedy-drama by Alice M. 
Wllllamaon and Howard Pfaelzer; pre- 
sented by Lawrence E. Sterner at the 
Tlieairo Mort, Feb. 27. No director 
oredlled. 

Zelie Manola Doris ]^^orltock 

Harry Bernard VVeltord 

Mrs. Sorel.... ....Gladys Kingsbury 

Mnrlse Sorel ..Ruth Renlck 

rpiine Marllen Kay 

.Trthn Gartli Raymond Whltoker 

Earl of Severance Theodore Adams 

"Mothereen" Mooney Flora Snyder 

Billy Robert Martin 

(^ith Elizabeth Fox 

KlUppo ...Jamea Pollard 



Unremitted trash, badly put on 
and badly acted. Oiily the fact that 
most of the cast are half amateurs 
can alibi this try. Supposed to be 
a dramatization of the novel, 
"Vision House," by Miss William- 
son and Pfaelzer, but with no knowl- 



edge of the book. It's hard to tell 
what that was like. Theatre Mart 
is one of those hidden-away garret 
things sponsored by Mrs. Alice Pike 
Barney, matron with plenty coin 
and a mania to back production 
regardless. Some of the actors get 
paid, while others work gratis for 
the sake oC getting a crack at the 
stage. 

''Dummy Husband" was made to 
order for these would-be theppians. 
Outside of being thematically hooey 
and of the elemental kind, this 
opus, termed a comedy-drama, 
hasn't the inkling of merit. At 
best, with the radical rewriting it 
would still be meaningless. Sonie 
of the most incongruous situations 
and characters appear. 

The heroine, a world-renowned 
actress with a* tagging and nagging 
mother, Is about to marry Lord 
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from Albequerqu© and grabs the 
gal right from under the litled one's 
nose. AU the latter gets out of the 
deal is a slap In the pa.: — and ho 
takes It! Best way It's explained- 
Is that the Lord must marry a 
Greek princess in order to fall heir 
to a mejisly five or six million 
bucks, with the positive proof, of 
course, that the actress is already 
married to someon'e else. That's 
where the southern mug comes — 
for a consideration, however. A 
mere cool million. 

The whole thing turns out a fake, 
as does the play proper. Takes al- 
most three hours to unfold, with, 
acts one and two taking up no less 
than an hour each. What happens 
in third act doesn't matter, as no 
on© would want to stick that long. 
Of the cast Ruth Renicic, who has 
a local dramatic school on the side 
when she's not playing leads, is the 
nearest thing to a performer in the 
lot. It's pathetic. 

Still. Mrs. Alice Pike Barney will 
have her whims and fancies. 

Upan. 



Pasadena Playhouse 

("Lavender Ladies") 

Pasadena, Feb. 25. 
Probably the most significant 
among the little theatre and com- 
munity movements around this sec- 
tion of the country. In a town of 
reputed rriillionaires, with plenty of 
rich atmosphere at least, Pasadena 
Community theatre has been up for 
about five years, struggling with ups 
and downs through most of it. Some 
very worthy contributions to dra- 



rnatic:. ..art ..essentuiuy Ana . to tTTe" 
theatre generally have come from 
here, yet financially this group, as 
others over the country, suffer from 
the disposition of tlie Pasadenans, 
i-ich, influential and ))robably high 
brow folks to patronize the picture 
houses rather than an arty theatre. 
Too bad, because the Pasadena Play- 
ers are a worthy organization, with 
a training school for dramatic stu- 
dents that ranks among the best. 
There i.s no subscription attached 
here. A membership proposition 
instead, boasting of less than 1,500 
supporters at $2 a year. Re.st must 
come from the box ofiflce, scaled at 
?1.50 top. No Sunday performances 
either. Strictly a matter of choice, 
not civic law. 

"Liivender Ladies" is e.^emjilary of 
th.e things they 'put on here, 'reohnl- 
callj' it's, amusing light English 
drawing room stuff, seen in the 
averagie little theatre. Comedy, in 
type, by Daisy FiHhcr. First time 
done on this side, though ' the play 
is reported to have seen a run of 
some .sort in England, where it prl- 
marilj' belongs. Too sti^ctly Eng- 
lish for an American public. Which 
means that on Broadway it wouldn't 
get a look. in. But the Pasaden.a 
player.s take their plays seriously, 
and to them with sincerity. "Laven- 
der L;idies" is not what the title 
might imply. A free minded niece 
of two maiden aunts is permitted to 
express her love theories to a pretty 
far extent. Background of the giiTs 
free-love thinking is her author- 
father, who though advocating the 
most liberal of principles of morality 
in liis books, is of another opinion 
when it strikes. home. He ultimately 
admits his inconsistencies and 
daughter, disillusioned, goes the 
conventional way of matrimony. 

Well written, vvitli a humorous 
slant on worldly wisdom and prim, 
ch-cumspect old age. Gilmor Brown's 
direction is excellent, while the two 
sets employed are tis expressive as 
a bigger and more professional pro- 
duction would be. Of the 10 people 
cast the women have a wide 
edge. Ruth Covell, youthful lead, 
stood out with distinction, both in 
histrioiiic ability and looks. Miss 
Covel, with professional stock ex- 
perience behind tier, is worthy of 
serious attention. Margaret Clarke 
and Lenore Shanewise, latter asso- 
ciate director of the theatre, score 
in parts of the old maids. Re. t of 
the oast gtil in the embryonic stage. 

Smm. 



SHE'S NO LADY 

Chicago, March 2. 

Pnrce In three acts liy Bruce SpauldliiT 
ana Antnony Bnlrfi. prpspiued by Tl H' 
Frnzee, Jr., al the (l;iiTi(;k, ^^a^ch jiaiv 
Hay leponcd the roRl author. 

flf'.'a A<lam.s Bertha Greenhouse 

t;!'i,"-*^'''"''' •, Pauline Mason 

Ethel Duly i,orn HaV.<- 

Tommy Hollhviiy; Robert 'Whl-.e 

Larry Collin? Lawronoo Turk 

Rex Gorinornnt Walter N. Creazii 

Dorothy Banks... Dolores De M'.nde 

Henry Draydon Robert Cuniniincr' 

Leonora Draydon Mildred MrLeod 

Gaylord Jordan l.ynne Overman 

'Connie" I,.)rnilne riHilcia C'lia|iiniin 

Hilda t;oiinoiant I.oulso ^\■hile 

AValters at the Tlliz II. it. I, I'uri."!— 

Oaslon T-Hwrencc Tuol; 

I'lerre Wllllun) tJrrim'.i 

Madame L"l.:iif. la Moili..;!. ) ..J.i.-iephliii- )>i'ftrv 

-Mm jor;.- Mrnd) .MjuJdi ii- .\liiriy 

A Vn\idi»\ 111.^ (• in).>.ihiii I'Mm.md I'.n.y 



Lyniio Overman in foinalo attiri.- 
for tlie first tiiin! in liis career is 
the whole show in something which 
commences tritely, l)l()ssonis sudden- 
ly in the first half of tlu; second ;ict, 
and then fades b.\- lieing overdone. 

If the apparent burlesruic in lh«' 
second aet, laid in a I'aris hotel 
room, is toned down and a niori- 
plausible turn given the action in 
the third act, this farec should vide. 

Overman keeps it alive with 

(Continued on page 7i) 



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The Air Line 

By Mark" Vance 

■t- 



BERLIN CANNING PLAYS 
FOR RENTAL LIBRARY 



>'ot much klclc to some of the 
aU' pi'ograms lately due perhaps to 
much repetition not o~ly In num- 
bers, but in nature of periods. 

WRNY seems to be having, its 
troubleg. Without any commercial 
periods it must ride Its programs on 
a week in and week out appropriation 
Hence the program fixers face a 
vexatious problem. And it's a low 
waver and that works against the 
volunteers. 

XjOm Harold's orchestra WGBS 
didn't come ovcx" so well. Therenoid 
■ • period (WMCA) featured the Nichol 
Trio; an all-Iemme instrumental 
oombo and oke; Therenoid gets Its 
money's worth on the plug. Cities 
Sei-vlce (WEAF) changes musical 
pace; one minute a classic and the 
next hot stuff on a banjo or by the 
orchestra. Quartette, Jessica Drag- 
onette and orchestra did well by 
"Trove's Old Sweet Song." Kinney 
orchestra (WOR) not far from 
beaten path. Fraternity Row 
^WOR) had one of its best pro- 
■ grams, better selected numbers and 
iioL so much talk. 

Effective Short Story . 

►Smith Bellow urohestra (AVJZ) 
over effectively. Slumber Music 
(WJZ) of familiar type that .evi- 
<lently has Its own following True 
Story (WABC) had one of the most 
terfc'Ctlve presentments of the year 
in "After Her Revolt"; actor doinfj 
nari immense. Continuity hold ten- 



EGGED MUSICIANS 



Manager Scuttles Out of Court For 
Hen Fruit Revenge 



-.sion- and theme of go^Beral y ppoal.. 
i'Vank Cotton's band (WGBS.) is 
.Tiiibitious for volume; some of his 
numbers sound brassy for the air. 
ICehoo Mandolin Trio via (WPAP) 
not bad :it all; entertaining; por- 
Konnel has a J. Lubin. Rosolaiml 
Clouds of .Toy on (WPAP) ap- 
))arently doto on tho lo'.vdown .syn- 
<'ri)atIon. 

■ ..yons & Lyons with their (WOR) 
period went in f or moi o aity num- 
bers and co-.uedy aimle .-^iiffi-rrd. 
TOlsa lOrsa, in two numbers inchid- 
i'ni? •Valentino," was a standout. 
Vernon Archibald iileaslns l)ar)toni\ 
'■.Mystery Hou.se ' OVKAK) b.Tbblcd 
iiloiiq; as usual. 

Maine Sends Stein Song 
VJavid Bratton, who writes "Out- 
side ListeninK Jn" for Brooklyn 
'■Daily Times," v/as guest announcer 
with A'incont I..OPOZ (WJOAl'") for 
ills liour. Bravton showed no'milxo 
j'rl.srht and every word over oko 
llriivorsily of Maine with the stoin 
song by Loijoz started his period 
Dff nicely. Will Oakland Terrace 
i WOR) is givin.:? T^andoau's band a 
break; Palais Royalc. cn-chosi '••'i 
OVOR) oliokcd. 

;;Mward Hope d'orinK tho 'Trib- 
une" observer period ("WABC) save 
a da.'3h of announcing novelty tliat 
may start som3thin«. Using iho 
ncwspai)er funny v,-ritors may help 
'liuild up the new -feature. The 
Alpha and Omefra Grand Opera 
travesty (colored), works hard 
enou!?h for a comedy v/ham, but 
somehow it inissos; soino of tlio 
music saves it from a brodio. 
Soviet JazT. 
■Omil Veluczo doing yeoman serv- 
ice? for (WOR) via pipe or.^'an. 
AVandering Gyp.sjc.« ("WA.CC) came 
over favorably imdor musical direc- 
tion of Leader Leusoh. ■'In a Rus- 
sian Village" (WAUC) got .-^omo 
hootio native music from llie bala- 
l.'iika. 

Curtis ln.-;ti:uu^ (W.'VliC) oko for 
Ihoso who like its arty nuisio. 
Sleepy Hall (WATit") inailo .i banjo 
solo a feature. .Jan (;arl)cr on 
( WAP.C) sent o\or sootliin.i? music. 
Ann T.,cat on same station si ill show- 
in.t;- c1a.>-s at the (o.isolo of tlio Pai 
i)i-i<an. I'hil Snilalny with his fonl- 
nn- sintiors and hand (W]CAI<') on- 
icrt. lined. Tho mutod (ypo of pro- 
f^rams a big help': keeps bra..-is blow- 
ers from tearln.is \i-:ive lcn.t;ths to 
Kainhow Inn baclT on 
iWWK^V) af'.'^-.- Jirv [i)o\ it off 'ail. 
■i>ith .Vlarty Book's band the mu- 
•s!;-al iTason. U'-ck's hamlstors uyi 
lh(i:^ old stylo of low nnmbci's. 
])uko l'>lllngt<)n and band from 
( WA l!(J) .got; luVl. Ted TJvi.«in.u' 
a.:;'aiii on- annonnoiiiy job. 

Newsstand Records 

Dm ifm Jteoord Co., handling Jlii 
<>(• tho AVoek records out of town, 
will start snlos in Xew Voi-k in 
lliroo inonths. Hit of the Week re- 
<-.ords are llo.xiblo, with recording 
on one side only. One number is 
ri>l(<a.sed each W(>ek. . 

Records will be . sold to ncws- 
siand donlf'i-s only. Tricf'd at ]."io. 
retail. 

WAKINGS AT WB 

Hollywood, March 4. . 

M'aring's Poniisylvanians will pro- 
vide inoldontal band soquoncos for 
three forthcoming "Warner pictures. 

Band is on the coast to appear in 
II singe musical. 



Galveston, March, 4. 

Spectacle of several of his musi- 
cians, on strike, riding in a band 
wagon on the ' street showing 
placards telling about the strike and 
his theaters, irritated "Will Horo- 
witz, Houston theater owner, in No- 
vember, 1928. He opened fire on 
the musicians with eggs. 

Appealing a court judgment 
given one of the musicians later, 
Horowitz finally had the case dis- 
missed last week with an announce- 
ment that a, settlement had been 
made out of. court. . 



Berlin, Feb. 10. 

The Breslau broadcasting station 
is experimenting with recording of 
play and broadcasting the canned 
version. Advantage of this meth- 
od is that the play may be repeated 
at will, if successful, and rented 
out to other German stations. 

Bischoff, the director, ha(3 to brintj^ 
all his actors on to Berlin, as Bres- 
lau has no recording hall. At ila- 
riendorf, suburb of Berlin, ui'der the 
supervision of Electrola, a 9C-m!n- 
ute play was recorded in four days. 



CASH BOND FOR MUSIC 
IN COAST INDIE FILMS 



Along the Coast 

By Bill Swigart 

4. — 



FILM-RADIO RACKET 



Selling Faked RecoVds of Picture 
Studios Chats to Stations 



Los Angeles, March 4. 
Local' musicians' union is clamp- 
ing down on sflioestrlng picture 
promoters in Hollywood. Ultimatum 
Issued by i3.' L. Smith, head of the 
local, requires every little ■ known 
picture producer and studio to put 



up a cash -bond. JUt-.the jm.t\u*e bei.ore 
any union niusician is permitted to 
go to work for them. This does. not 
affect the known and major studios. 

Usual procedure for the airy pro- 
juotcrs is to start by grabbing off 
some .'ingol. in most oases a farm- 
er, who has $10,000 or more. Pro- 
mot<^r w ill take loss, but tries hard 
■ no to, liocau'se It costs him Sl.ROO 
to ? ' 000 i^ont for space immediate- 
ly. Then there ui-e the actors, tech- 
nicians, musicians, etc. 

The 10 grand is shot siv );o-iirs 
after the )>iotiiro is started. Then 
the promoter begins to whe/edle for 
nm)-o dough, and either the chmiip 
))uts up or walks out talking to 
himself Promoter sta.rts lookin.g 
for his next mark. 

Complaints, havf; boon coming to 
the musiciau.'!' miion, with several 
oa;-cs of unpaid wa.ges now being 
handled.. by the, loeal. I'nion believes 
•that domapd foiv, cash bond will 
drive many out ol.the racket. •■ 



Heidt Doing Extra 2 
Wks. at Empire, Paris 



Paris, Feb. 22. 
Counting on the Paris prestige, 
riorace Ileidt's band Is making a 
linancial sacrifice to work two 
weeks at the Empire here. Date 
follows their Monte Carlo engage- 
ment and will be for $4,000 a week, 
in return for this the boys will have 
to pay their* own fares back to 
America. 

.Kdmu.nd Sayag brought the 
Heidt outfit to Monte Carlo for 
eight Aveeks, with a fortnight's op- 
tlQn, which has already been exer- 
uisHd; — -R aya g — pai<J — taves — co min g 



Latest racket in radio is the soil- 
ing of fake canned programs to 
small stations. Records are sup- 
posed to be. made on the sound 
stages of picture studios while vari- 
ous pictures arc in production. 

The. gyp takes a phonograph rec- 
ord of a band or star working In 
pictures and surrounds it with talk, 
l^emme star's voice Is dubbed (by 
the gyp's stenog) and he does tho 
male dubbing. 

Entire program is produced on a 
16 inch record. It consists of de- 
scription of the supposed scene to 
be shot, request for the star to sing 
or play, re-recording of released 
phonograph record, and the sup- 
posed blurbs of the stars. 

The gyp has made about 100 oC 
these records and is selling them to 
small stations throughout the 
country. 



over "and was o'SHglTted'to' pay ' the 
return at the stated time. 

ITeidt was propositioned to -play 
the extra two weeks at the Empire 
at $4,000, which will average things 
up so that the act will lose noth- 
ing nnan'oiallj', excepting tlioso two 
weeks which they will ■work for 
practically nothing, .since they must 
defray their own return expenses. 

At Monte Carlo the band ge'.rs 
$3,000.. The $1,000 a week extra 
(actually $900 net weekly r;:ir>'JS 
commissions) from the two weeks 
at the Empire will pay the, passage 
back for the 16 men. Thi? means 
ihc settinc back, of the boys' Publlx 
lour, .slated to commence May 8 in 
Now Ha'vfen.- It may be Publix will 
not aj>prove of this arrangen'jent., 

Band was quick click at the Riv - 
iera resort. 



Rehearsals on Air 



B. S. Mosal Ns^ed Among 
Propoced, CKain Backers 

At the hearin.g of • WMOA's wave 
length complaint ■■against '\\''GBS, 
held before the Fedoral Radib Com- 
mi.'<si(;n in Washington last, week, 
it was disolosefl • that WGBS was 
j)Urchased by its present owners 
from (lii'nb^l Bro.s. for $14,000. 
Dailo.v Paskman. president of WCi- 
liW, now holds 97i/2 shares of slock 
in the station und a Louis Zinnner- 
man the (Jthor 2^2 .shares. i 

When Paskman, on the stand, wa.s I 
r( ((uosted to name those who had . 
promised their .-iupport in founding 
a third (;halii in opposition to XBC 
and CHS, lie n;tniod Dr. Williaih 
Serovitoh; a hajiko.-, and the bank- 
er's assistant known as Weinstoin. 
ii. S. :\l()ss and Be)-nard (limbel. 



Berlin, Feb. It);-,, 
The Berlin broadcasting station 
tried a novelty which attracted cpn-., 
siderable attention. Rehearsa.;' oC 
Schnitsiler's play, "Pi'ofessor l^eim- 
hardi," was broadcast from' .the: 
stage of the K6niggratzer theatrie. .; 

Rehearsal seemed on the level, air; 
there was argument between' the di- 
rector and one of the leading por- 
formers. 

Extension of this idea will be 
broadcast of rehearsal and .shootin.g 
of a Ufn talker. ■ 



GERMAN RADIO PROGRESS 



Now 3,000,000 Listeners Registered 
— Numerous Tax Evaders 



Q R.S. in Record Field 



Q. K. S., i)iaiio roll and home talk- 
ing picture equi))nient. inanufao- 
ttirors h:'.s ('ntor.ed the record busi- 
ness. J-'irst group of records was 

^ i;f>Icasod last week. ' 

I Dealers' price on the )-ecords is 
three for $1. It'is reported, Macy's 

! will .soli at 22o. 

■■ ■ .Stanley Recording Co. is doing 
: the roooi'dinp; an<l Columbia the 
pros.«inK. 



Berlin, Feb. 10. 
German radio industry has been 
on the upgrade since its start. Up 
to January first of thi.s year over 
000,000 listeners are registered 
, with the government, an advance of 
.':{00,000 since last August. 
I This does not include the un- 
|)^ogistered listcnei's, who evade pay- 
ment of three marks rhonthly. 



FEM'S MUSIC CONTROL 
UP IN BILL HEARING 



Hollywood, March 1. 

Songwriters today contend the 
present form of identifying numbers 
wlft soon be exhausted, arid that in 
lime they will be forced to double 
back on the millions of titles already 
used. Success of a commei-cial song- 
writer today depends largely on his 
ability to invent captions mooting 
with the universal appeal. Many 
tunesters are forever on the alert to 
oa:tQh a suggestion for a marketable 
title, then proceed to write a set of 
lyrics and music around it. 

Value in watching catch-lines 
used by national advertisers is evi- 
denced in Dick Whiting's first song 
success, "Tulip Time in Holland," 
'ritlc was suggested by a catch- 
line in an advertisement for 
steamship company. Numbers real- 
ized more than $40,000 in royalties.. 

Selection of titles for picture 
songs is a much easier task than 
picking for a popular tune. Picture 
songs are written to lit a situation, 
and are captioned later according 
to the theme of that situation. 



W^ashington, March 4. 

.Slating the time for stalling, had 
past, Nathan Burkan and Gene Buck 
started the sixth year of the battle 
to got the compulsory license clause 
out of the copyright law. By an odd 
twist today's hearing hiarks the 21st 
anniversary of the enactment of the 
law with that famous two cents 
royalty clause incorpoi-ated. 

With the new proposition of talk- 
ing pictures and the control of the 
music publishing companies by the 
picture makers before the commit- 
tee,, the arguments presented took- 
a different twist than diiring the 
past five years. 

The committee was informed that 
as the compulsory license did not 
apply to them, the talking picture 
makers and composers had sat down 
and bargained as to price, but that 
now ttie picture makers were buying 
'the music publLshers to get the 
piroflt from the recordings. 

'John Payne, .formerly arguing 
agaiilst the bill as representing Vic- 
tor,; 16" now arguing for it as rcp^e- 
sentative of the music publishers. 
Ahjjther.'IHce change was appearance' 
6£ E;! ^. Murphy, also formerly with' 
Vl.<rtor'^bi6t now representing War-: 
jfieit' Brothers. : 

Burkan said he expected an an-' 
nouncement shortly of the mergeir 
of Brunswick and Warner. Eurkah' 
offered an amendment, which the' 
committee accepted, clearly defin- 
ing the new proposal so as to not 
make the provisions i-etroactive. 
Anything now published and to be 
up until the enactment of the bill 
would still be subject to the me- 
chanical clause. 

Arthur W. Wile, of Hays' organ- 
ization, will have a chance to ap- 
pear. Wile is stated to be lined up 
with the mechanical manufacturcr.s, 
in effort, to get bill thrown into 
general revision proposal which, it 
is admitted, would mean delay. 



McCARDELL'S HOLIDAY 

Booau.sc Roy McCardell ad libbod 
by speaking of his latest book and 
greeting friend.s, CJBS shut him off 
after seven of his scheduled 15 min- 
utes broadcast for their newspaper- 
men hour, called "Going to Press." 

McCardell entered tho studio with 
no S))oooh prepared. AVhen asked 
about it ho said: "ll's alright; Ml 
ad lib." 

Then started the .•-•liccession of 
erec'tings and self-phigs. 



A King's Tune 

Cannes, Feb. 21. 
Kii-ig of Denmark a regular pa- 
tron of this resort year in and year 
out; also sets the local pace, in song 
j st.vlcs. - . , 

I'iis current favorite, which Billy 
I Arnolcl strikes up for His. IDanish 
j Majesty, is Borel-Clerc's "My 
Lulu" (French tune), which sounds 
like it had a chance Internation- 
ally, r^ast year Feist's "It (Joes 
Like This" was the King's profoi-- 
enre. 



Coast Organists Change 

Los Angeles, March 4. 
Oliver "Wallace replaces Bob 
Hamilton as organist at the Or- 
pheum here March 15. 

"Wallace will do a 15 minute ."olo 
l^efore each show. 



METRO WRITERS ON LOT 

(.'iilvor City, March 4. 

Jletro's music writing staff, now 
in bunf?al(jws on streets adjacent to 
the studio, will be moved onto the 
lot this week. New m\isic building 
on the site of the old carpenter 
shop has been completed. 

Two floor.s of offices occupy the 
back of the building with the front 
devoted to studios. 



PAVILION DESTROYED 

Waterloo, la., March 4. 
l-'ire, believed to liave started from 
; ■! short circuit, destroyed ]'>leoti-ii' 
J'ark dance pavilion Fi'iday morn- 
iiig. Also lost was park equipn'teiii 
■ stored in the building. 

Insin-anco covered tho dance hall 
iput not the equipment. 



Buddy Rogers' Discs 
Four songs were recorded by 
Buddy Rogers for Columbia last 
wook. 

'They wore two from the Par.n- 
monnt'.s "Safoty in Women" and 
I wo fr(mi "X':iramoiint on Parade." 



Brown-Radio Can't Agree 
On Salary — Freelancing 

. . Hollywood, March 4. 

After Nacio Herb Brown signed 
with liadio Music Co. for exolu.slvc 
publi.shing of all his future songs, 
he returned to the co.ast. with his 
manager and asked for Increased 
salary to writa.«ongs for Radio Pic'-, 
tures. 

Studio wouldn't meet his figure. 
Brown is looking for a fi-ee lance 
connection. 



Par Additions 

Addition of four new members to 
the Paramount songwrlting stuff 
■fri yofi tVii fi ^rpf.i nization a total of H. 



New"^in"embers""'are Gi=aht Clarke;- 
Harry Akst, Ballard Macdonald, and 
Dave Dryer. 



Violinsky's Fatal Titles 

Vlollnsky, now teaming with Dave 
Silverstein at Tiffany, wrote a num- 
ber entitled "I'll see you. in the 
Moonlight," and says it hasn't seen 
dajdlght. • 'That's Livin' " another of 
his compo.sltipns, is reported by Vio- 
linsky as dying. 



Song Manipulation 

Manipulation of lyrics and music 
is being done at the picture studios 
In the same manner as scenario 
editors revise scripts. Team Is as- 
signed to write a number for a pic- 
ture and submits the song. It then 
may be picked to pieces by the di- 
rector, writer, supervisor, and even 
the actor. 

.Spthebpdy., might like the melody 
•and not the lyrics. Unbeknownst to 
the- lV'flcist who worked with tlie 
GompSser on the original number, the 
melody Is turned over to another 
lyricist or -\:Ice versa, to see if he 
c«vn Ifnprove; it, Man ■who submit- 
iiS.'- ,tti<ii original doesn't know his 
w'orTf .Has been rejected until he sees 
a: printed copy of the music or hears 
it'iri_ 'the picture. 

' Fiin: With Trick Stomach 

First piWclal meeting of the Trick 
StpmafcVi club was held this week 
wltH Chief Ulcer Fisher In the chair. 
Wolfe Gilbert, secretary of the in- _ 
terlor, listed applicants eligible for' 
membership, and all were voted in. 

New members are l''red Ahlert, 
gastric v. p,; H^rry Akst, acid v, 
p.; .Sidney Clare, binding sergeant 
at arms, and Tom Geraghty, who . 
v/as assigned, to make an x-ray pic- 
ture of the guests. 



Fox-Campbell Deal Set 



DOUBLING WITH BATONS 

MGM has reconsidered dropping 
of Arthur Lange and Krncst Klap- 
holt, music writers a.nd arrangers, 
with expiration of original con- 
tracts. Uiider a renewal both will 
Stay in tlie Metro music department 
with increased duties as conductors 
of orchestras. 

Now contract is for one year, 
with two options for a yejir eaeli. 



Final papers on tho deal between 
j Pat J. F,laherty of Fox Red Star 
Music C6. and Campbell & Con- 
nelly, Kngllsh publishers, giving the 
latter. English rijleagjng rights to 
the Red Star catalog for two years, 
was signed last week. Negotiations 
have been pending for, the past four 
months. 3/c'al will involve around 
$300,000 oVer the two-yea.- period. 

(Jampbell & Conner;'' ' have al- 
ready . startedt publishing Red .Star 
Hoiigs '.in- England. Flaberty says 
I.''px will soon purchase a printing 
plant in New York'for music print- 
ing. 

(Charles Harrison, former general 
manager and part owner of Ted 
Brown Music Co. in Chicago, was 
made assistant to J;'laherty this 
Week, 



NBC's Director 

lOrnost Cutting, formerly mu.^icjil 
diref.'tor foi' legit shows, has been 
made the jnusical dli'ecior of 
NBC's elnb department. 

Bill Monger, prevlo>»sly l)i 
music dep.'irtment of NBc;, ha. liei-n 
placed In chai-Ko of tlir- pulilicl'y 
for the concert dep. jrinient. 



WPCH GETS JUDGMENT 

Supreme Coiu-t Jiistire ^lltchell 
has diroofod jnrgmcnt for ?0,O2.^; in 
favor of tho J'ooples Broadofisiing 
(;orp, (Vt'l'CII) ajralnst the Gorn-fje 
Jlatten Co., Inc., advertising t.vin- 
'•'■I'li, fo.' bre,x''ii of contract. 

liailio c()in)''i'iy ■\vas to have broad- 
cast league baseball games In 11)27 
rr<jni New York for a commercial 
!aivf)nnt, with ui.dorstanding that 
• I he adveri isiiig concern had power s 
I XII ."cll bi'o.ideast rights for the ;;:;'me. 
! .^ ci.Diraot w.is signed, with the 
illaildi Co. later unable to deliver. 



64 



VARIETY 



MUSIC-SPORTS 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



B. & 0. ROUTES 



((.'oiUnuod from piigre 40) 

Fox, Roy. Music Box. Ilollywood, CaJ. 
I''ranhlyn. Milt. Grand Lak* T., Oakland, 
Cnl. 

Fraaetto, Joe. Upiown C, 2S3 W. I2fith 
St.. N. Y. C. 
Freen Carl. 20 3. Orange Ave., N»wark. 
Freeman, Geo., La Monica B. H., Sania 
Monicii, (.'ill. 
FrlUkln, Hob, Laurel A., Lakewood, N. J. 
Friary, George, Rockland, Mass. 
Frietlniii.li, Jorv.\''. Ciia'tnov;!, (.'., N. Y. C 
Friedman. L. F., St. I-ouls T., St. Louis 
Frlese, J, F., Strand T.. .'Stamford, Conn 
Fry, C. M.. 02,13 Roosevelt Blvd.. Phila- 
delphia. 

Fulcher. Clias., c-o M. C. A.. ParamouDi 
P:dR.. N. Y. C. 
Fuller. Karl, W.F.B.E., CInn. 
Funk. Larry; 18 Barrow St.. N. T. C. 



OalvIn, J. J., Plaza T., Worcester, Mast. 

Galllecchlo, Jo, D200 Sheridan Kd.. Chi. 

CSarbCT. Jan. Holl/w^oU IX., N. V. C. 

Oardnei, C. C, 1027 N. 24th St.. Lin- 
coln. Neb. 

Garrlsaii, Jimmy, Villa La{;o, Chicago, 

Oasparre. Dick, Hotel Plaxa. N, Y. C. 

Qaul. Geo., Washington, JD. C. 

Gegna. MIsha, Forum Theatre, L. A. 

Geldt. Al. 117 S. N. J; Ave., Atlantic 
City. 

Oei un. Turn, Ounter H., San Antonio. 

GUI, Jos.. Congress H., St. L. 

Gill, F:., Bamboo Gardens. Cleveland. 

Gillette, Bob, Valencia Th.. Jamaica. 

Glron. Adolphe, Lcs Ambaasadcurs C, 
N. Y. C. 

GolT. Mark, Brigga ft., Detroit 

Goldberg, Geo.. Celestial R.. Bay Shore 
Park. Boltlmore, Md. 

Ooldkette. Jean, Book Tower, Detroit. 

Gonzales, S. N.. 810 B. «th St., Santa 
Ana, Cat. 

German. Rosa, 600 Hth Ave., N. Y. C, 

— :GOTrgtlr-RaTrzei)tr>-<gi^dteet4e . D e tr oU _ 

Gould, Frank, Bon Ton B. ■"TCT' OcSaii 
Park. 

Green. A. J.. SiO West 63d St., L. A. 
• Green, Jacques, Rltz Towers, N. Y. C- 

Green, Jimmy, Triangle C, Forest Park, 
111. 

Greer. Billy, 1002 Main St., Davenport, 
la. 

Oreystone Orch,. Qreystone H., Dayton. 
OrosBO. 31 St. James St., Elmhurst, L. J. 
Guanette. Lou. IS St. Angele St., Quebec. 
Gurnlck. ICd.. 88 Reynolds Ave.. Provl- 
dence. 

Gunaendorfer, W.. Whitcomb H., S. F. 
Gutterion, M.. Valencia T., Baltimore. 

H 

Kali, Sleepy, Brown H., Louisville, 
llullett, M&l., Arcadia B., N, Y. C. 
HaUiead, llvnry, Adolphus H,, Dallas, 
Tex. 

Hammond. Jeap, Sky Room Ullwaukae. 

Hamm, Fred, Florldlan H., Miami. 

Hamp. Johnny, Ambassador H., L. A- 

Hancock, Hogan, c-o U. C. A., Para- 
mount Bldg., N. r. C. 

Han'llsr, Al, Lincoln Tarern. Chicago. 

Hand. Armln. Piccadilly T.. Chicago. 

Harkness. Ed., 8000 Clay St., S. r. 

Harbor, Lon, e, o. A. 3. C, Cbi. 

Harlng, Bob, c-o Urunawlck, B. A C. 
7W Tth Ave., N. T. C. 

Harmon, M., Club Ulrador. Waa^lngtan. 

Harrison. J.. Randexvous. Toronto, 

Hayes, Ed.. Alhambra T., N. T. C. 

Hays, Bin, Cathay Tea Garden. Phlla. 

Helberger. Emit, Bond H., Hartford. 

Heidi, ilorace, Monte Carlo C, Monte 
Carlo. 

Henderson, T.. 138 W. ISOth St.. N. T. C. 

'HinkC', 1'ed, Capitol, T., Sydney, Aus. 

Henry. Tal, c-o Orch. Co. Amer.. 1050 
B'way. N. Y. C. 

Hsnshell, J.. SUta-Laka H.. Chicago. 

Herberveauz. J., NBC. 180 N. Ulchlgao 
Ave.. Chicago. 

Hlllbloom. M.. Stratford T.. Chicago. 

Hlnes. Earl, Grand Terrace, Chicago. 

Hlrabak. A.. 1138 Goettman St., Pitta 
burgh. 

Hoagland, Everett, Le Perrott C, L. A. 
Hobbs, Frank, St. Catherine H.. Catallna 
Is. 

Hoffman. Earl, Frolics C, Chicago. 
Hoffman, L. G., Tb Ernst St., Buffalo. 
Hollowell. B.. Strand D. H., Wilmington 
Del. 

Holmes, Wright, Martinique H.. N. T. C. 
Houston, Chaa., Monmouth Beach C. 
N. J. 

Huntley. Lloyd, Co-llege Inn, Chicago. . 
Hyde. Alex., c-o Wm. Morris. 1B60 B'nay 
N. T. C. 



Irving. B.. Lyceum T., New Britain 

Conn, 

Irwlii, VK', c-o Variety, N. Y. C. 

Imperial Marimba, American House, Bos 
ton V 

Ingrahnm, Roy, Paramount H., N. i. C 

Innis. Ed. Vanity Fair D., Huntington 
W. Va. , 

Ipana Troubadours, WEAF, N. T. C. 

Isemlngcr. Bill. Hagerstown. Md. 

Isham Jonca. c. o. A. S. C. Chi. 

lula, Felice, Rlvoll T., Halllmore. 

lula, Rufnno, City Park Ud., Baltimore. 



Jackson, Harry. Plgn Whistle C„ Holly- 
wood. 

Jackson's Jail, 18 Chestnut St.. Glorer*' 
vine, N. Y. 

Janls, Fred, Turklah Village C Chicago 

Janover. A. L., 1255 Grant Ave., N. T. C. 

Jedel. H., 475 Hawthorne Ava„ Newark. 
N. J. 

Jehle. John, 75 'Drlgga Ave.. Brooklyn, 
Jockers, Monro, Lelghton's C, L. A- 
Johnson, Arnold, IB60 Broadway, N. T. C. 
Jo4)nson, C. Small's Paradise, N. T. C. 
■ Johnson, Jack, Canton Palace, N. Y. C. 

Johnson, Johnny, c-o M, C. A., Para- 
mount Bldg., N. T. C. ■ 
Johnson, Merle, 159 W. 4eth St.. N. T. C. 
Johnston, O. W., 48 firove Ave.. Ottawa. 
Jordan, Art. 0241 NdrWood St.. Phlla. 
Jorgensen. Ruth. 1235 Sheldon St., Jack- 
. son. Mich. 

Joy, Jim, c-o H. C. A.. Paramount Bldg.. 
N. Y. C. 

J->yce, Teddy, Loew's Jersey City, N. 3. 
K 

Kahn. Herman. Capitol T.. Newark, N. J. 

Kahn, Roger AV., Churchill llltlt'-. 
N. T. C. 

Kalis, H., Lido Venlcs-C, Boston. 

Kamas. Al. Swanae B. n., Washington. 

Kaplan. F. J., Bamboo Inn. 3223 W 
Madison St., Chicago. 

Kassol. Art, c-o M. C. A., Paramount 
Bldg.. N. T. C. 

Katz, Kittens, c-o M. C. A., N. T. C. 

ICntz, Sam, Astor H., N. Y. C. 
Katxman, Loula, c-o Brunswick, 709 Tth 
Ave., N. T. C. 

Kaufman. W.. M N, lOtli St.. l^banon, 
Pa. 

Kavanauffh, Ray. -l^th St. T., N. T. C. 
Kay. Geo. Paramount T.. N. T. 
Koyscr, Joe, Merry Gardens, Chicago. 
Keegan. Rosa B.. 23 Odd St.. Freeport. 

ICemmerer. Walt, Berks Trust Bldg., 
Heading, Pu. 
iCemp, "Hul, Coial Gablts, Fla. 



Kennels. Larry. 801 Keenan Bldg.. Pitta 
burgh. 

Kentner. H.. HenJ. Franklin H., Phlla. 
. ICenln. H., Multonomah H., Portland, Ore. 
Kerr. Chas., (Solden Drngon, Phlla. 
Keystone Serc^adera, Gd. Klvlera T., Da 

irnlt. 

King, Hermie. Oakland T„ Oakland, Cal, 

King. Ted, 745 Tth Ave., c/o Tops. 

Kir.i;, AS'Hync Aragon B. R., Chicago. 

King's Melody. 08 Mueller St., Blngham- 
ton. N. y. 

KlPin. Fred. Iving-^vvay H., Hot Springs, 
.■\rk. 

Kline. M.. 54.'i0 Spruce St., Phimdslphla. 
Knelsel. F., Bfltmore H., Atlanta. 
Kniitaon. KrllnK. President H.. K. C. 
Koxloff, I^ii. Oriental T.. Chicago. 
Kraus. Arthur, 1482 Broadway. N. T. C. 
Krausgrlll. Walt. 347 Claremont Bldg., 
S. F. 

Krueger. Art, Wisconsin H., Milwaukee. 
Kruniholz. O. P., O. Box 404, New Bed- 
ford, Mass. 

L 

Lagasse, F., BIS Merrlmac St., Lowell, 

M.1SS. 

Laltsky, Ben, Majestic T. Bldg^, L. A. 

Lampe, Dell, Capitol T., Chicago. 

Landiiu, Mike, Oakland'a - Terrace, .Bplh 
St and Broadway. N. Y. C. 

I,nne. 1-MJle. McAlpln H., N. Y. C. 

Lang. Henry, Baker H.. Dallas.- 

Lange, J. V., 27 Abbott St., Lowell, Mass. 

Lanln. H.. 20O0 W. Glrard Ave.. Phlla. 

Lanln. Sam. WEAF. N. Y. C. 

I..aughtncr. Harris, St. Francis H., L. A. 

r«fkonlti. Harry. Casley H., Scranton. 
I'u. 

Lenlz. Al., 1609 President St.. Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

-Leonard. Harold, 04 W. Randolph St. 

Chlcogo. 

Levant, Phil, c-o M. C. A.^ Chicago. 
Levin, Al, 473 Whalley Ave., New Haven. 
Levin*. Jack. Cinderella B.. Long Beach 
Cal. 

ore H.. N.Y.C. 



Levy, R. "H:; "131 ^ Elmer "Av*.-','; Bchenac- 
tady, N. Y. 

Lido Orch., Suite 36, Loew 'Bldg.. Waah- 
Ington, D. C, 

I..lght, Enoch, c-o I.ioe\v'3, State Bldg., 
N. Y. C. 

Llpaey, M.. 1731 Humboldt Blvd., Chi- 
cago. 

Lombardo.' Guy., Roosevelt H., N. T. C. 
Long, Ulck, Curtla H., MInneapolla. 
Lopez. Vincent, St. Regis H., N. T. 
Lowe, Burt, Statler H., Boston. ° 
Lowry, Ed.. Ambaasado.r T.. St. L. 
Ludwig, C. '"/.ay.a," 23 Clifford Ave., 
Manche.'iter. N. H. 
Lyman, Abe, Chinese T., Hollywood. 
I>ynn. Sammy. 20n!l Wichita 6t.. Dallaa. 
Lyons, Al, Fox T.. 6an DIeeo. 

M 

Macdonald, Rax, Collaeuir., 9C. Pettra- 
burc. 

Mace. Art, Rendezvous B. R., Crystal 
Pier. Cal. 

Madson, Madille, RKO T., L. A. 

Maltland. J.. Garden B.. 3130 Shefllleld 
Ave., Chicago. 

Mdjor. F. J.. 8007 3d St.. Ocean Park 
Cal. 

Maloney. R. B., 808 Elinor St.. Knoxvllle 
Tenn. 

Mani\ Bros.,s Venice B. R., Venice, Cal. 
Mann. Gell, 76 E. UOth St.. N. Y. C. 
Marburger. II.. 846 Knight St.. Reading 
Pa. 

Marah, Chaa., Ft. Pitt H.. Pittsburgh. 

Maslln. Sam, Seneca H., Rochester. 

Mason, Bobble (Mlas),' New China R. 
Youngsto'wn. Ohio 

Masters, Frank, Uptown T.. Chlcags. 

May, Cliff, El Corte-.^ H., San Diego. 

Mayo. Eddie, 89 Crook* Ave.. Brooklyn. 
N. T. 

HcEnelly, E. J., 86 Sylvan St., Spring 
fleld. Mass. 

McOay, J., Detroit Country Club, Detroit 

MoGowan, I,ook, c-o R. .W. Kahn, Church- 
Ill Bldg.. N. I. C. 

Mclntyra, Jamea, Chateau Laurler. Ot- 
tawa. 

McKlnney's, Edgewater B.. Detroit. 

McVee, I. S., 1221 B. .13d St.. L. A. 

Meeker, Bob. Palmer House, Chicago 

Mella, Wm.. 91 Edwin St.. Rldgetlald 
Park, N. J. 

Melaon, Chaa,, Stanley T.. Jcraey City. 

Memphlsonlana, 92 3. Main St., Meniphla 

Mehge, M., El Patio B., L. A. 

Messenger, Al, Roaeland, Taunton, Maaa 

Mernff. Ben, Granada T.. Chicago. 

Mey-Hayne-Grauer, Plantation. Buffalo. 

M*y*r. U. r.. 926 Broadway. Brooklyn. 
N. T. 

Meyer. Oacar. 4BM N. Camac St. Phila- 
delphia. 

Meyer Vic. Butler H., Seattle. 

Mcycrinck, Herb., Mandarin B. R.. S. F. 
Meyers, Al, 6200 Glrard Ave.. Phlla. 
Meyera. Loula. Horn'a D. H., L. A. 
Mlamlan, Buffalo, N. Y. 
Miller, J. Franz, .~tatlar H.. Detroit. 
Miller, Jack, Press Club, Montrsal. 
Miller, N.. 121 Williams St.. Chelsea 
Mass. 

Miller.' Ray, c-o M. C. A., 1501 B'way 
N. Y. C. 

Miller, Vic. I.oew'a Stat*. Syracuse. 
Miller, W.. RIti Carl. H., Phlla. 
MIner-Doyla, 1192 Middlesex St.. Lowell 
Maas. 

.Mllla. Floyd. 780 Fayette St.. Cumber- 
land. Md. 

MInlch, Ed,. IIOI Prospect Ate., Scran 
ton. Pa. 

MItchal, Al. Olympla T.. New Haven 

Montana Collegians, Ililz-Curlton II. 
Philn. 

Moore, Al, Venetian Gardens. Miami 
Bench. 

Moors, Dlnty, Hunter Is. Inn. Pelham, 
N. Y. 

Moore, Prof.. Montmartr* C, Hollywood 

Moore, Pryor, Schnber'a C, L. A. 

Moore, Totn, Cinderella B. K., Long 
Beach. Cnl. 

Morey, Al. Worth T., Ft, Worth. 

Moray. Jack, 90 Weatfleld Rd., Holyok*. 

Morria, Glen. Silver Slipper. Baltimore. 

Morrla. Mel, Piccadilly H.. N. T. C. 

Mosb.v, Curtis, Apex C, L. A. 

Moahar. V., 8137 10th Ave. 8.. Mlnneap 
olla. 

Murphy's Skippers, Majestic H.. Tama- 
qua. Pa. 

Mualal. Fred. Oriental T., Detroit. 
Moana IL. Walklkl Beach. Honolulu. Ha 
wal. 

N 

Naohold, Dudley, Nashold's B. R., Seattle. 
Naylor, Oliver, Palais D'Or, Phlla. ^' 
Netf, Art. 6223 Spruce St.. Philadelphia 
Nelbnuer. Hd, Trianon B.. Chicago. 
New Orleans Owls, H. Roosevelt, N. O 
Nichols. Red, Selwyn T., N. Y. C. 
Norvo, Red. Mlnneapoll.i. Minn. 
Novlt. Jules, Parody, Chicago. 



Octavat ore, 30 DufflelA at., Brooklyn. 
N. T, 

O'Haie, H.. 20 W. Jackaon Blvd., CM. 
O'Hearn, Trave. LeClalr H., Mollne, III. 
Olsen, George, Roosevelt H., Hollynrood. 
Oppenhelm. W., BenJ. Franklin H., Phlla, 
Original Georgia e, Danceland, Jamaica. 

Original Tallow Jacketa. Summerland 
Beach. Buckeye I..ake. O. 
Orlando. Nick, Plaza H., N. T, C. 



Osborne, 'Will, c-o P. Central Hotel, 
N. T. C. 

Owena. H,. Mayfalr H., L. A. 

Owen. Dale. CapllM T.. Flint, MIcb. 

Oxley, Haroli, c-o -V. B. C, 711 0th Ave 
N. T. C. 



Pace, George C, RosevlITe, O. 
Paleman. Dan. Black Cat R.. N. T. C. 
Panlco, l/oula. Canton Tea Gardens, Chi- 
cago. 

Parlelan Red Heads, 38 W. North St., 
Indianapolis. 

Pasternackl, Steve, Lulgl's R., DetroU. 

Payne. A I. 469 Meigs St., Rochester. 

Pearl, Morey, 303 Hunting Ave., Boston. 

Peck. Jack, 801 Keenan Bldg.; PUtaburgh. 

Peerltaa Orch., Monmouth St., Newport, 
Ky. 

Ferlus*. Aba. Rose Room. Los Angeles. 

Pcrr-l, Don, Saenger T., New Orleans, La. 
Peteraon. B., Tlvoll T.. Michigan City, 
Ind. 

Peyton, Doc, c. o. A. S. C, Chi. 
Pfelffer's Orch., 1848 Palmetto Are., To- 
ledo. 

Phllbrlck'a Orch., Tounker'a Dept. Stor* 
Dea Moines, la. 
Phillips, Phil., Club Bilgdad, Dallas. 
Plcclno, A.. 800 N. 8th St., Reading, Pa. 

Fierce, Chas., Pershing Palace, Chicago. 
Plpp'a Orch., Sullivan's, Edmonton, Can, 
Pollock, Ben, c-o N. B. C. 711 5th Ave., 
N. T. C. 

Pollock. Ralph, Lnew's State, Syracuse. 
PontrelU. Nick, Rose. Room B. R., L. A. 
Prado, Fred, American House, Boston, 
Prlnc*. a.. King War Lo R., Detroit. 
Pullen, R. B.. ISBD Sellers St.. Frank- 
ford. Phlla. 

Q 

Quam, Gene, Maryland H., Pasadena, Cal. 



Rainbow.-Rnmblers. HaverntU. Mass. 
Randell, Art. Fontanell* H., Omaha. 
Rapp, B:, Arpadla. Weat Haven, Conn. 
Rapee, Erno, Warner Bros., Hollyvi'ood.- 
Rasmussen, F.. 143 Graham Av*., Council 
Bluffa. la. 
Rawdan, Bill, Palace H.. S, F. 
Relsman, Leo, Central P. Casino, N. T 
Renard, Jacques, Coconut arov*, Boston. 
■IUsec^afC3t,_14W W. .4nth fit , N. T. C. 



nhythm'"RoamefiiV'car*' CHa'aV Mi«k,~;D*- 

trolt. 

Rlccl, Aldo, Rltz-Carlton H., N. T. C. 
Rich, Fred, c-o "Tapa," -746 7th Av*., 
N. T. C. 
RIckltta. J. C. Koactusko, Mlia. 
Rlnes. Joe, Elks H., Boston. 
Rlttenbaud. J., V, Artists T.. Detroit. 
Rlzzo, Vincent.' Sylvanla H.. Phlla, 
Rodemlch. Gene. Metropolitan T.. Rosten. 
Roanes' Fenn, Commodore B., Lowell. 
Mass. ^ 

Rocsner, Walt, c-o Fanchon & Marco, 
San Francisco. 
Rohde. Karl. Loew'a Orphaum. Bnaton. 
Roky. Leon, Eyracuae H.. Syracuae. 
Rolf*. B. A.. 1500 Broadway, N. Y. C. 
Rrman. Jo*. 100 Wlnt*r St.. Portland 
Me. 

Romanelll. I., King Edward H.. Toronto 
Romana, P., Roaeland B. R., N T. C. 
Rose. Irv., Statler H.. St L. 
Rosebrook, Leon, Roiy T., N. T. C. 
Roaen, Paul, 78 W. Randolph St., Chi- 
cago. 

Rosenthal, Harry, Stclnway flail. N. T. C. 
Rothschild. Leo. 300 W I4th St.. N. T. C. 
Royal Novelty Six. 23m N. 22d St.. Phlla. 
Rublnoff, Paramount T.. Brooklyn. N. T. 
Rublnoff, c-o Publlx, Paramount Ulilc.. 
X. Y. C. 

Ru.-isell. B.. King Cotton H.. Oreenaboro. 

Rus.so. Dan, Beaclivlew (ianlens, Clrloago 



Sanborn, Ed., Loew'a T., Montreal. 
Sands P., 215 Rldgtwood Ave.. B'klyn. 
Schara, C. P., .624 Bway.. Uurfnlo, .N. T 
Schmltt, Fred, RIalto T.. Denver. . 
Scholler, Dave, c-o Loew's. N. Y. C. 
Schubtrt. Bd.. 24 Arthur St.. Lawraac*. 
Maaa. 

Schwarti U. J.. 819 Court St.. Framoat. 
Ohio. 

Scott. L. W.. 009 Dllben Ave., ' Spring 
neld, O. 

Scotl. Frank. 384 Prealdent St.. B'klyn 
N. T. . 

Seldenman, Sid. Mayflower H.. Wash. 

Salinger. Ab*. President H. A. C. 

Eelllnger, II*nry, Drake H., Chicago. 

Selvin. Ben. Columbia; 1810 B'way. N. T 

Sctaro. A., Granada T., S. F. 

Seven Aces, c-o M. C. A.. Paramoum 
Bldg,. N. T. C. 

Severl, Olno. Granada- T.. S. f. 

Shaffers. H. C. Wilbur's, Taunton. Uaae 

Shelton. Geo.. Olympic H.. Seattle. 

Sherman, Maurie, Golden Pumpkin, Chi- 
cago. 

Sleff. Jos.. Cavea C. 10th A Bway. Oak- 
lano. Cal. 

Silverman, D.. Missouri T., St. (/ouli. 

Sllvertown Cord, c-o M. C. A.. Paramouni 
Bldg.. N. T. C. 

Silvester, Johnny. Spanish B. R., Seattle. 

Simons. Seymour. Hollywood T.. Detr*it. 

Singer. Lou, Ti-lanon B. P... Seattle. 

Skrlvenals, Jos., El Patio O. R.. L. A. 

Slaaon, Fred, Lotus R.. Washington, 
D. C. 

Smlth-Ballcw. Rk-hiiian C. .N. Y. C. 
Smith, LeR., Connie's Inn. N. T. C. 
Smith. Harl, Blossom Heath Inn. Detroit 
Smolln. 8.. 160 W. Buchi*l Ave.. Akron 
Ohio. 

Souders. Jackie. Strand T. Vancouver. 
Specht. Paul, 1585, Broadway, N. T. C. 
Splelman. M.. Moulin Rouge C. B'klyn 
Spltalny. Phil. Pennsylvania H.. N. T. < 
Spltalny, H. Leopold. Chlrngo T., Chi. 
Spltalny. M.. Statler H.. Cleveland. 
Springer, Leon, 134 Ltvlngaton St.. Bklyn 
St. Clair Jeaters. Prlnc* Edward H. 

Windsor, Canada. 
St. I/OUla Kings, 1883 B. O.tth St.. B'l^lytt 
Stafford, H., 911 Suinner St.. Lincoln 

Neb 

Stafford, Jesse, Palace H.. 8 P. 

Stanley, Jack. Senator 'J'., Sacramento, 
Cal. 

Stark, Ferdinand, Curran T.. S. F. 
Steppe, Norman, Shadowland C, 9an An- 
tonio. 

Stern, Harold, Ambassador H., N. T. C. 
Stavena. Parley', 383 HuntlngtoB At*. 
Boston. 

Steward, Bam, Black Cat C. Columhua 
Stock, B.. c-o T. Shayne. IB7* B'way 

N. T. C. 

Stoll. Geo., Loew's Stale T.. L. .K. 
Straub, Herb, Buffalo Broadcaatlng Corp. 
Buffalo. 

Strlssoff, Vanderblll H., N. T. C. 
Steele. Blue, P*abody 11.. Memphis. 
Straight. Chaa., Variety, Chicago. 
Sutherland. Lea, Flor d'ltalla C. S. F. 
Sweet, Al„>19 Qutncy St.. Chicago. 
Sweeten, Claude. Golden Gate, 8. T. 
Sweeten, Owen, Olh Avenue T.. Seattle. 



Taps, 14') Seventh Ave,. N. Y. C. 
Taylor. H., lOlB Cheatnut St.. Phlla. . 
Taylor, Jack, Ambasaador H., L. A. 
Teppaa, J. J., S38 Glanwood Ave.. Buffalo 
Thavlr. 1789 Straua Bldg.. Chicago. 
Thles, Henry, Linton II.. Cln. 
Thomaa, Millard. Royal Knickerbocker 
N. T. C. 

TIerney Five. Rlt.tenhouaa H.. Phlla. 

Tobln, John, Coffee Dan's, Chicago. 
Tremaine, Paul, Yoeng's C, N. T. C. 
Tiireotte, Gao., 90 Orange St.. Manchas- 
ler. N. H. 

V 

Vagahonda, Orlnia Terrace, Detroit, 

Vnllce, Rudy, Parani unt, T., Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 



Entire Sharkey-Scott Miami Mair 
Looked Just a Little Bit Nutty 



By JACK PULASKI 

Miami, Feb. 28. 

If Bill McGeehan had been In 
Miami last night Instead of explor- 
ing Africa he might have dubbed 
the Sharkey-Scott fight the battle 
of hip, hip. Although It wasn't a 
real contest between two aspirants 
for the heavyweight championship 
it was one of the most exciting and 
amazing big matches ever staged. 

So many Incredible things hap- 
pened In so short a period of three 
rounds that it could be said to have 
been directed by showmen. In fact 
the promoters, managers, etc., did 
impress as being showmen, while 
the contestants looked like actors 
rather than fighters. 

The Madison Square Garden Cor- 
poration has been in quest of a real 
champion e'vier since Tunney retired. 
It seems certain that Scott has been 
eliminated entirely. Why he was 
chosen as one of the three leading 
contendiers, along with Sharkey and 
Schmeling, has been a puzzle. Not 
that Scott cannot box, but becavise 
of his more or less unfortunate rec- 
ord of winning or ending fights by 



(■■laimii.ia .J,uu.l.. . 

The Garden realized that it had 
to take a loss on the second major 
battle in Miami. That loss is dis- 
counted as a matter of pure busi- 
ness. Even If the boxolTlce took it 
on the chin for $50,000— It was 
claimed the red item was much less 
— it is figilred that with an out- 
.standing battler emerging from the 
contest a million dollar gate might 
be promoted with tlie winner and 
Schmeling next summer. 

The Fight 

Scott wa.s disqualified in the tliird 
rountl by referee Lou ■ Magnolia 
after the British boxer said his leg 
was "paralyzed from a low blow, on 
the li'ip. It was later claimed thc- 
sciatic nerve was affected. Th.xt 
was n now one to men of the ring. 

In the first round .Tack started 
throwing punches and Scott sur- 
prised him by picking them off mid- 
air. One of Sharkey's hooks soemod 
to land down on the groin. Scott 
didn't even wince. Magnolia in an- 
swer to those who said they saw 
foul blows declared he didn't see 
any, but that Sharkey dropped his 
S\ovG after landing the disputed 
socks. 

Tlic first time Scott went down it 
wa.s a blow to the head. He blinked 
and rubbed liis right eye as though 
it had been hit and the lid Injured. 
The Englishman was strictly on the 
defensive, but he did let go with a 
right that sent the Boston gob back- 
ward. He had weathered the first 
round and for a time the sliort end- 
ers in the five to one betting hart 
hopes. 

That third round, whieli wilV be 
argued over and over, hart Scotc 
down for a four count on a blow- 
that seemed to land on the hip 
Xot long after he arose Scott was 
down In a neutral corner grasping 
his right hip. Magnolia refused to 
accept a claim of foul. Scott was 
dragged to his corner and there the 
referee ."Started talking tc Phil, not 
wanting the contest to end that way. 

In no important contest of the 
kind has this ever happened. Mag- 
nolia called the physician and when 
that individual said Phil was not 



VAn der Zanden. Ambassador H.. N. T. 
Veo. Harold. McAlpln H.. N Y. C. 
Vorhee*. Don. 325 W. 4.1th St.. N. T. C. 

w 

VVude. Jim, c. o. A. S. C. Chi. 

■WRdsworth, Waddy. Terrace Uardrns, Chi- 
cago. " 

Walker, Ray tianiilton Chnlenti, .N. Her- 
gen, N. J. 

Wagner, Sol.. Beau Monde, Chicago. 

Warner. D.. Egyptian B., Ocean Pk., Ca- 

Walah, W., 212 E. Tremont Ave.. N. Y. C. 

Warlng'3 Penn., c-o J. O'Connor. J027 
B'wav. N. Y.. C 

Warren, Art, P. Central il.. N. V. C. 

Watson, .Monk. Urand-Itlvlera T., Detroit 

Weedc-Meyer Ore. c-o M C. A.. Para 
mount Bldg.. N. Y. C. 

Weeka. Anson. Mark Hopklna H.. S. F. 

Weems, Ted, Granada Cafe, Clilcago. 

Werner. Ed. Michigan T.. Detroit. 

Wealey. Jo.«.. 317 12th Ave., Milwaukee . 

Whldden, Ed. 12B Dlkeman St.. Rronklyn 

Whltemnn, Paul. 1.1B0 Bway.. N. Y. C. 

Williamson, Ted. I«le , of Palms H. 
Charleston. SC. 

Wilson. Billy. Dn Pont H.. Wilmington.' 

Wilson. Clare, Madison Gardens. Toledo 

Wilson F.. Marcell Country Club. Pasa- 
dena. 

Wlnebrenner. W. 8.. 267 Frederick St 
Hanover, Pa. 
Wlttsteln, Eddie, New Haven. 

Wolf, Rube, Fo.x's Brooklyn. Biooklyr,. 
N. Y. 

Wolf*. L*o, Vanity Fair. Chicago. 
Wolshan. J.. El Patio B. R.. S. F. 

Wunderllch. F.. 1587 E. 10th St.. B'<lyn. 
Wyll*. Alllster. Coronado H.. St. L. 



Tate*. Danny, Windsor R., Uontrtal, 
Toung, L., 18B6 Prospect PI., Brooklya 
Toungn<an, H„ M3 01sl St., BrooklyK. 



hurt in the groin, Magnolia ordered 
Scott to continue or else. Mor» 
than a minute hail elapsed when th* 
third round was resumed. 

Sharkey's Idea of It 

But again Scott went down with 
the same claim of a terrible pain 
in his hip. H© dropped In a neu- 
tral corner. Jimmy Johnson, Scott*.<) 
manger sent a stool for him to 
rest upon. ■ Magnolia was standing 
over the Britisher bawling him our, 
Sharkey in a rage rushed over and 
yeTled: "When you're knocked down 
why • don't you stay down. Ton 
know I hit you square in the belly." 

Magnolia sent Sharkey away and 
then pointed to Jack as the winner. 
Scott was again dragged to his cor- 
ner. Cops jumped into the ring for 
no reason except the great excite- 
ment in the fighters' corners. Joe 
Humphries ordered them out and 
they withdrew. Humphries himself 
was so steamed up that he forgot 
to announce just what did happen. 
Frank Bruen, In charge of thfe works 
for the Garden, walked to the ring 
and told Humphries to announce 
-ffi:ro^ttgh--^he— nvtwo^hoBoa— the ref- 
cvee's. ruling "lo the wOiidering" oriA" 
lookers. The disqualification of 
Scott was then explained and th© 
further remarks of Magnolia — that 
Scott went down the last time with- 
out being hit. 

.Ljondon newspapermen admitted 
being puzzled as to whe:her Scotc 
was hurt as badly as he claimeO. 
but they did believe Sharkey had 
hit foul earlier in tlie contest and 
should have been disqualified. Th© 
explanation why Scott • did no!; 
claint those alleged fouls was th© 
use of a new style of protector. 

Tliere were complaints about 
fcvliarkey's ferocious actions, his 
tearful weeping when leaving th© 
ring and tlie way lie stormed ahouv. 
However, he has always carried on 
that way, but it all added to thf 
color of the exciting, amusing, and 
nutty event. 

Other Bouts 

The semi-final between Campolo. 
the Argentine, and Johnny Ilisko. 
the Cleveland baker, nearly centered 
the chief interest of the card. Tli© 
New York slate boxing board had 
refused to permit that contest in 
the Garden believing Risko was not 
a worthy opponant for the big spis. 
The re.sult made that ruling look 
foolish for not only did Johnny 
show hl.s best form, but it was th© 
consensus of opinion- In tlte stadium 
that he won the contest by a wide 
marRiii. Onlj' in the final and 10th 
round did Campolo show that iv> 
Iiad something. He copped that 
frame by hard hitting. Draw de- 
cision was explained by the fact 
that Campolo Is under contract to 
the Garden and would naturally bo 
given a shade. The Argentinian may 
yet prove himself a real contender 
but his principal work against Kisko 
was to deliver what looked liko 
hard rabbit punches in close. H© 
won no friends that way. 

Last match of the evening br-n^ght 
Tommy IjOughran against Pierr© 
Cliarles, Tommy Vinning on point-j 
gained principally wllli his left 
hand. He took punishment, how- 
cvei', and was plenty cut arotin'l 
the. face. He hit Charles in that 
l".n many times, :oo. but th© 
foreigner has a tough hide. 



Miami Fight Notes 



In figuring the Garden's total ex- 
pense, upward of $225,000 and pos- 
.tiibly more than $2150,000, the cost of 
the new $150,000 stadium was partly 
an item. However, that outlay is to 
be spread over a period of 10 years. 



Actual gross was $198,000 at $23 
top. The net. with the government's 
share off, was $161,000. This is the 
l)asis upon which the figliters were 
paid off. 



An hour after the figltt rain' it'll 
In torrents. 



Sliarkey attended the supiier c'lul> 
show at the Roman Pool after the 
(iglit. He got out on the floor, say- 
ing it was the happiest night in liis 
life. 



British sports circles are exf'i'- 
ciscd over the alleged fouling i>f 
Scott and want to look over tlic 
fight pictures. "When exhibited pri- 
vately the next day they failed to 
(Continued on page 71) 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



NITE CLUBS— MUSIC 



VARIETY 



65 



Spam s Night Life Everything but 
Spanish-Am. Consulate's Warning 



Maarid, . F.eb. 20. 

Madrid is aul'te ' nlte club-eon- 
sciouS for a city of 1,000,000 popu- 
lation. American Consulate has had 
iCrequent occasion to warn American 
talent booked for Madrid to insiist 
on contract guarantees for personal 
protection. 

Freciuent calls on the Consulate 
by American citizens stranded here, 
through local managerial unreliabil- 
ity, failure to elicit, and uncertainty 
as to future bookings, has caused 
the American legation to issue re- 
peated warnings. 

Madrid's ultra spots are the Lido, 
Florida, Maipu Pigalle and Alcazar; 
others less pretentious are the Peli- 
Ican, Bataclan and Giro's. Curious 
decorative phase is that while 
American and European nlte life 
rooms have borrowed from the 
Spanish in Its decorative schemes, 
Spain favors the Japanese motif in 
interior decorations. 

Almost all these rooms book im- 
portant talent from America, Paris 
and London. 

Paralleling the decorative idiosyn- 
crasy, Spain again seems to deny its 
own kind, in .favor of something 
else. Althou|:h Argentinian -tango 
bands are tremendously popular in 
Paris, at the French resort* jind in 
America and England^ they are los- 
ing their hold in Spain. Instead, the 
Spanish two-step is coming back 
strongly as a, national dance, and a 
special orchestra must supply this 
type of music. Jazz ensembles, as 
alternative bands, are usually Amer- 
ican colored aggregations. 



Jack Greene Indicted 

Jack' Greene, former owner of the 
Bal Tabarin Cafe in the Addison 
hotel at Detroit, has been indicted 
for gi-and larceny through the ac- 
tion of "Taps," band and orchestra 
booker. Indictment was secured 
through Ass't District Attorney 
Firestone. 

"Taps" charged Greene gave him 
a bogus check for $425 in connec- 
tion with booking of Henry Buase'.s 
band into the cafe. 




• i_ - i 



A CHOP HOUSE 
OF EXCEPTIONAL MERH 

IM-S WEST 4STH STREET 
Eait mf Broadway 



LYRIC RACKET AGAIN 



Bootleg Sheet Peddlers, Driven Out 
of L. A., Hit Fair Towns 



Los Angeles, March 4. 
With the peddling of bootleg lyric 
Sheets fairly well checked, on the 
streets of Los Angeles, the rack- 
eteers have moved to the rural dis- 
tricts and outlying towns. Present 
activity is concentrated on . towns 
where fairs, carnivals and county 
agriculture shows are being held. 

More than 10,000 copies are re- 
ported to have been sold at the 
Orange county show alone. 



Mayors Ufa Dates 

Paris, Feb. 22. 
Universum Agency's alleged neg- 
ligence in delaying return of the 
contract for Eddie Mayo and his 
Vagabonds to the management of 
the Merry Grill (Theatres du Deux 
Heurcs), Brussels, cost that agency 
the act and lost some time for 
Mayo. Latter, with his harmonica 
band, is now booking through 
Henry Carson. 

Mayo was booked at the Merry 
Griil — b y T Jn^Iwrsum, — but — th»t- 



agency took"^ three "weck3'"Td~~fe- 
turn Mayo's signed contracts, the 
Brussels cabaret meantime booking 
other talent. This left Mayo al- 
most stranded, but he filled In at 
the Embassy Club (cabaret), Paris, 
at $64 a day. Carson then got the 
outfit one month at the UFA, Ber- 
lin, to be followed by two weeks at 
the Hamburg UFA house. 



Over 30- Year Period 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 
On the first of next year two of 
the most popular German operetta 
composers, MlUocker and Johann 
Strauss, run beyond the 30 year 
copyright period. Their composi- 
tions can then be played without 
the payment of royalty. 



Ch 



arm in a 



Seal 



One of the major steam."?hip 
c'ompanies (foreign) has taken 
its own seal off of all liquor 
bottles handled by its ships. 
Kcason is that the line's stamp 
has been catching fancy prices 
for the bootleggers who seem- 
ingly always are able to get 
hold of a batch of it on each 
trip. 

Biimc liquor now just carries 
a stamped band stating, "Rare 
old Scotch." 

The under cover peddlers 
can't get rid of it as no one 
wll take a chance, since the 
steamship company's seal has 
been removed. 



PITTSBURCH'S CURFEW 
KNOCKING OFF CLUBS 



Pittsburgh, March 4. 
Nile club biz here is getting its 
wor.st sock in history with strict 
enforcement of . A. ■ M. curfew. 
Boys are already claiming a raw 
deal. 

With a couple of downtown spots 
getting all the play this winter, the 
roadhouses have been suffering, 
Downtown managers say outlying 
proprietors went to political friends 
and arranged the dty closings 
Roadhouse men retort its the bunk. 



. .. -Ti'ade, . ..since, tne . ortjer CajHe 
through, has reacted. Boys within 
the city limits are suCCering • plenty 
and . the roadhouse mob Is getting 
-the trade. At least one of the 
downtown spots, however, won 
some sort of unexplained Immunity. 
This site, in addition to ignoring 
the curfew, is running a gambling 
annex. 

Several of the smaller spots have 
folded in the last couple of weeks. 
Others have removed cover charge 
to keep going. 



Disk Reviews 

By Bob Landry 



Ed Lloyd 

(Okoh 41354). Orchestra . Is as 
good as the tunes it's playing. 
"Wrapped in a Red Ro.se" and "Put 
a Llttlo S.tlt on the Bluebird's Tail" 
are, to express ii wiih moderation, 
not much. 

Smith Believer 
(Okeh 41365). Couplo of fairly 
good slow fox-trots are "Funny, 
Dear, What Love Can Do" and 
Language of Love." 

Guy Lombardo 
(Columbia 12107). lAimbardo 
played "There's Danger in Yoiu- 
Eyes" and "With You" at the Now 
Yorlc opening of "PuUin' on the 
Ritz," the, pictm-e In whlc-li those 
numbers are spotted. Lombardo 
rendition is overly muted, slow- 
paocd and withal under his aver- 
age. Bands in general suffer from 
these occasional failure when at- 
tempting to apply thoir personal 
technique to numbers not adapted 
to the treatment. 

Waring's Pennsylvartians 
(Victor 2'.2293). ^'ot to mako in- 
vidious comparisons the Wai-ing 
versions of the same two. numbers 
mentioned in the Lombardo p;ira- 
graph are the more preferable be- 
cause of sweeter tempo. 

Nat Shilkret 
(Victor 22290). "Ulue Is tlio 
Night" is one of the more plca.sant 
of the minor melodies. High Hat- 
ters, an aoe recorder for dancing 
purposes, . has the reverse with 
"Keeping Myself for You," featur 



PITT M. C.'S CHANGING 

Pittsburgh, March 4. 

Dick Powell, m. c. at t)xe Stanley, 
may return to the Enrlght, neigh- 
borhood deluxer, shortly. 

With Publix units now playing the 
Stanley, and due to rotate their own 
ni. c.'s, Powell has been offered a 
unit on Publix time or the privilege 
of returning to his old stand. 

If Powell decides to go back to 
East Liberty, Jay Mills, now at the 
Enright, either will be sent out for 
Publix or to another Warner house 
not playing Publix units. Both Mills 
and Powell are under contract to 
Warners for another year. 



KILLING WITH CUEFEW 

Spokane, March 4. 

Following an opinion handed 
down by Attorney General John 
Dunbar, all road houses of Spokane 
county were brought under a mid- 
night curfew commencing March 1. 
Reign of lawlessness was laid to 
the late spots. 

Enforcement of the early closing 
law is generally considered a death 
blow to road houses near Spokane. 

Owners have stated their business 
amounted to practically nothing un- 
til midnight. 



BEN POLLACK 

ni3 Orrlir.slra linve . nliray-s bcHii 
liUnUllcil V'ltli the ulllmalo In 
rKcdcrn Oancc music roiidlUoii. In 
I lie various c.olabll!>hn)cnts and cvci 
SlaUon WABO, tl>o Pollack oreaiii- 
f.ailon l3 hiiow'ii to ixcel. 
Wo icspci tfully submit Uiat TIEN . 
POLI..\CK'B cliolrc of malerlal Is a 
^reat factor In his success. Vot ex- 
ample. Ilia frequent playing of J-n»- 
ri'ucc Tlbbelts thrilling song In 
Metro- Col(l«Tn-Ma.vcr's elcclrlfylng 
Hint spectacle. "Tlie Koguc Song." 
.Naturally, wc refer to 

"When I'm Looking 
at You" 

Hpbbins Music CorforajionI 

EE:-': 



Carlton Kelsey 

Musical Director 

"Gone Hollywood" 

Biltmore Theatre, L. A. 



VALLEE PARADE 

Washington, March 4. 

Rudy Vallee was given a recep- 
tion when he landed In this staid 
old (-apltal that was overshadowed 
only by the return of Lindbergh. 

First was a grand parade from 
the Union Station. Then two 
hours at the Women's Congression- 
al Club, wllh Mrs. Hoover as the 
guest of honor. Night with the Xa- 
tional Press Club ended it. 



STAY AT M-G-M 

Culver City, March 4. 
Sarah Y. Mafion, scenarist; I5rnc.«t 
Khipholz, business manager of the 
music department and Arthur J^ang. 
composer are not leaving the MOM 
lot. 

Miss Masbn had her contract re- 
newed for another year, and the 
other two almost a year to go on 
their original contracts. 



Kent Leaves Firm 

It is reported that Billy Kent has 
dissolved his Interest in the firm of 
llandnian, Kent & Goodman. 

The jjublishing name will here- 
after lie known as Ilandnuin <S-. 
Clooilinan. 



Bombed and Padlocked 

Chicago, March 4. 

Dave (Cockeyed Mulligan) Ablin's 
nlte spot, Club Algiers, was bombed 
the night before its padlock went 
into effect. About 50 persons in the 
club at the time. 

Ablin was refused permit to open 
another spot. 



REISMAN OPTION DROPPED 

Keith's declined to take up its 
option on Leo Reisman's orchestra 
after it had played for three weeks 
in New York. 



Industrial Theme Song 

Sam Lerner of DeSylva, Brown 
& Henderson has placed a "theme" 
song called "Road of Romance" with 
the ^lobiloil Company for its radio 
broadcasts. 



Christie Moves 
Eddie Christie, formerly mechani- 
cal manager with Berlin for 12 
years, is now holding down the same 
berth with Davis, Coots & Engel. 



Strands Retain Organists 

The Strands, In Brooklyn and 
New York, will re-engage, organists 
within a week. 



Ernie Valle is remaining at the 
Bermudiana Hotel, Hamilton, Ber- 
muda, with his contiact extended for 
the balance of the season. 



TELEVISION 



(Continued from page 1) 

a width of at least 10 kilos. Spot- 
ting television on the air rcriulres 
comjiutatlon because placing them 
in between the communication lines 
or commercial transmitting? areasi 
will clog the air with an enfolding 
cloud of static cluttering everything 
in wireless. Television broadca.sting, 
therefore, has to .«hoot either on the 
short wave area, which moans 200 
kilos and lower, or 500 kilos and 
above. 

Main Obstacle 

However, the moat effective argu- 
ment against immediate practicabil- 
ity of tel<;vising films lies within 
the province of film projection. It 
is speed. Kilm.s run through a pro- 
jector 40 times fa.'«ter than the pres- 
ent television" machines can shoot. 
And so far no process is known, 
according to experts, which can In- 
crease television's pick-up to e<iual 
lilm projection demands. 

American engineers are Inclined to 
view moving pictures as not being 
practicable for film broadcasting 
until a new camera is invented m.ak- 
ing ))OSKib)« .«;lo\vf-r ."peed in film 
1 pliolograpliy. 



line" and "Without a Song" and 
"(;roat I>ay" from the flop mu.sical 
of the hitler title. Kahn's orches- 
trations hold some interesting 
treatments and in general listen 
very smoothly. 

Jesse Stafford 
(Brun.swick 4G27). Stafford has- 
nice rhythm and makes a pleasur- 
able event of "Last Night Honey" 
and "Fcolin.tr the Way 1 Do. ' 
Chic Scoggjn 
(Brunswick 4654). Just another 
record. "She t:hllls Me.'" .-ind "li: I 
Could Write a Song." 

Paul Whiteman 
Paul Whiteman (Columbia 209S) 
has a pair of old ones, "Nobody's 
Sweetheart" and "After You've 
Gone." "Blue Butterfly" and "My 
Victory," leak at the valves and 
won't advance Ray Miller (Bruns- 
wick 4G(>9) Ceorge Olesen i.s pass- 
able only with "I'm on a Diet of 
Love" and "Mona" (Victor 22259) 
from picture, "Happy Days." 

That piquant : carol delicately 
called, "Keep Yotir I'ndershirt On" 
from the musical "Top Speed," is 
Bon Pollock's assignment. High 
natter.<; rever.^e with "Why Should 
I Care." So-so. 



ing sqoining CrOWmB^b3r-]-jg H Mun i j. 
'"' " "King Driver 

(Victor 22298). A pronounced 
talent for heated orchestrations 
finds splendid outlet in "St. James 
Infirmary Blues," that new hotcha. 
classic. • But the -same system ap- 
plied to "When You're Smiling" re- 
sults In blare and rasp. 

Ted Weems 
(Victor 22238). "Harmonica 
Harry," another of tho.se tunes a 
la "Piccolo Pete" and "Accordion 
Sam," win scarcely be one of the 
memorable events of the musical 
year. "Man From the South" re- 
verses. Not as hot as its possibili- 
ties. . , , . 

Johnny Johnson 
(Victor 22260). "That's Why I'm 
Jealous of You," with some neat 
vocalism. Is the strength of this 
cutting. "Kiss Me My Sweetheart" 
Is the mate. Fair offering only. 
Ben Bernie 
(Brunswick 4CC2). Name band.s 
wrestling with Imaginary melodies 
generally get the wprst of it. Ben 
Bernie like that with "West Wind" 
and "The One Girl." Poor listen- 
ing and dubious for stepping. 
Roger Wolfe Kahn 
(Brunswick 4600-4614). The mu- 
sical aviator manages to find time 
off from his aeronautic pleasures to 
can an occasional disc for Uncle 
Brunswick. 

Most recent releases are happy 
assignments,- all being nice jingles 
and fairly well establi.shcd, to wit: 
"Don't Ever Leave Me" and "Not 
So Long Ago" from "Sweet Ade- 



PRE-VIEWS FOR STAGE 



Paramount's Special Advance Film 
Showing as Plug Possibility . 



Ifiiv finn-ip tim o it, ha.« i been cu.s- 



tomary -f cir>mu&l<j publlslierjs. to-hold- 
pre-vlews on pictures containing 
songs they will publish, for. consid- 
eration of the mechanical com- 
panies. Now Paramount's music 
department, besides giving a pre- 
view for the mechanical companies 
holds another for stage and radio 
artists. 

Morris Press, general manager of 
the Par department, and operating 
Famous Music, started the policy 
with pre-view of Par's "Honey" at 
midnight last Wednesday. Stage 
and radio singers and band leaders 
were Invited. Guests were encour- 
aged tg u.se numbers from the pic- 
ture If suitable. 



Metro Releases Trio 

Culver City, March 4. 
Metro released George Waggner, 
Russell Robinson and Lou Alter 
from contracts as staff songwriters. 
Each of the three had but a few 
months to go, but requested the re- 
lease on claim that they wore not 
getting enough work. 



MENDOZA OUT 

David Mendoza Is no longer con- 
nected with Paramount's music de- 
partment. 

lie was musical Advisor and 
conductor. 



LEADING ORCHESTRAS DIRECTORY 



IRVING AARONSON 



and HIS COMMANDERS 

Featuring 
'RED STANLEY" and PHIL SAXE 

AT 

ROMAN POOL'S CASINO 
Miami Beach, Florida 



MAL HALLETT 



AND HIS ORCHESTRA 
9 SEA.SONR ON ItROADWAT 
Kn Tour 

OpenlnR flonn nt tlio Million Dollar 
Arcadia Ballroom, n'way and 53rd St. 

CHABLi;^ SIIIKItMAN, Salcm, .Muhs. 



VINCENT LOPEZ 

and Hi8 ORCHESTRA 

RummerinK nt the 
PELHAM HEATH INN 
Pelliain. N. T. 
OonbllDK at the 

ST. REGIS HOTEL 
New Tnrk City 



GEORGE OLSEN 



AND HIS MUSIC 

ROOSEVELT HOTEL 

HOLLYWCOD, CALIF. 
With SID GKAUMAN 

VICTOR RECORDS 



[PAUL WHITEMAN! 



And His Greater Orchestra 

Now Making 
"KING OF JAZZ" 
for Universal 
rersona) nep.: JA8. K. CIJ.I.KRriK 



THE BRICK TOPS 



(PAniHIAN RED HEADS) 

America's Greatest Girl Band 

rermanent Address 
28 West North St., Indianapolis, Ind. 



FROM DETROIT 



IJEAN GOLDKETTE 



Orchestras 

VICTOR RECORDS 
Office: 812 Book Tower 
DETROIT 



TAL HENRY 



and His ORCHESTRA 
Victor Records 

Warner Bros.-Vitaphone Artists 

KxclDslTe .VanaKrment ' 
Orchestra Corp. of Amirrlca 
16S0 Broadwaj. New York 



B. A. ROLFE 



Radio's Premier Conductor 

Lucky Strike Dai^ce Orchestra 

Palais D'Or Restaurant Orchestra 
BdMon Ace Becordinc Orchestra 



I ANSON WEEKS | 

AND HIS ORCHESTRA 
NoTT Id Third Year at the 

HOTEL MARK HOPKINS 

.Snn FranolHco 
COLCMJUIA UECORDS 



66 



VARIETY 



OUTDOORS 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



BANK FAILURES 
HIT SHOWMEN 



Shrevepoi-t, La., March 4. 

Morris & Castle, Rubin Gruberff, 
and Johnny J. Jones ai*e sufCering 
because of bank failures in the 
south. Numerous other small out- 
fits below the M-D line have their 
spring funds tied up in banks that 
have failed or are near failure. 

Of the three major outfits Jones 
Is out, but experiencing bad ^busi- 
ness. Castle and Gruberg will go 
out as usual, except that the usual 
heavy bankroll, to tide over .bad 
spring breaks, will be lacking. An 
effort has been made by Gruberg 
and Castle to line up business men 
who In the past have acted as bank- 
rollers. 



FOREIGN ACTS GEHING 
il. S. BOOKING BREAKS 



According to present activities of 
American bookers with European 
connections, there will be more im- 
ported circus and outdoor acts in 
this country than ever before. 

Q^u^te-a^-n:umb er-have-be en hnnkpfl 

7f<Jr"'J61in^ Rineilng outfits; but the 
majority are being lined up for park 
and fair dates. Few have any vaude 
bookings. 



CIRCUS PAIR'S TROUBLE 



Champness Jailed and Deportation 
Sought for Family 



Bridgeport, March 4. ' 

Stranded here two years ago when 
the Ringling-Barnum 4: Bailey show 
left town, Mr. and Mrs. ■William 
Champness are facing the drab 
prospect of support by the city. 
Formerly costume designers, the 
couple have been eking out a 
nieager living for themselves and 
their seven children, despite occa- 
sional conflicts with the law. 

Champness came from England to 
the United States five years ago. 
Bnpt. of Public Welfare Thome 
wants the family . deported, and 
Champness has been held In jail on 
a technical charge. 

Supt, Thorne has received word 
from the Department of Immigra- 
tion that It will be impossible to 
deport the family. As they have 
no means of support the city will 
care for the mother and children 
until other plans can be made. 



REQUEST NEW BONDS 



Commercial Firms Looking For Out 
as Circus Bondsmen 



Peru, Ind., March 4. 
l-'irms and Individuals who last 
year went bonds for various circuses 
when they were in trouble have been 
worrying the Ringling ofllce here in 
un cftort to be released. So far no 
success. 

The American Surety Co., hand- 
ling all this business for the former 
American Circus Corp., could not be 
reached in several cases, with the 
result commercial houses came to 
the rescue. 

Now, for some untold reason, 
these people are clamoring for the 
out. 



Mfller's Series of Suits 
Against Ringling and Mix 



Natchez, Miss., March .4. 

Zack Miller and the 101 Ranch 
show began suit here last week 
against Tom Mix, Sells-Flbto and 
John Ringling, for $150,000. Miller 
claims the Sells-Floto circus 
grabbed Mix and asks the amount 
in damages to sustain Jils claim. 

Plea of the Ringling organization 
was that it is sihiply an operating 
company for the Sells-Floto circus 
a nd owns n o property. This was 
■overruled- and a, jury^ trial^i^ill: .be 
held late this month. 

Mix and Ringling are also threat- 
ened with a slander suit. Miller 
claims discrediting remarks were 
made by Mix alDout himself and his 
show and will open suit In Kansas. 
Erie, Pa., will be the spo^ for an- 
other suit when Miller tries to col- 
lect from Ringling for alleged stop- 
ping of a parade last season. 



Machine Age 



Here's one Ripley missed: 
Down at the American Mu- 
seum of Public Recreation in 
Coney Island is a model, built 
to scale, of an invention on 
which the Government granted 
a patent in 1866. It's a two- 
seat swing, operated by pedals, 
and the Same action that oper- 
ates the swing, churns butter, 
saws wood and washes clothes. 



INEXPENSIVE RODEOS AT 
MOST FAIRS THIS YEAR 



Chicago, March 4. 
Rodeos will be featured at nearly 
every western fair this season. 
Spi'cad is due to small cost of the 
attractions, which run about ?100 
a day. 

Numerous fair managers are' go- 
ing after the Inexperienced riders 
and cows, figuring more falls and 
mote laughs. 

Around. 200 rodeo troupes are, said 
to be booked this year. With most 
of them appearing for one or two 
dates and then easing back to the 
ranch.' 



Fprm«r •''Outlaw" -No W- Sits: in -With 
Family Group 



Delayed Canvas Openings 



Chicago, March 4. 

Ringling office here does not ex- 
pect to open any circus under can- 
vas before April 29. 

Hagenbeck-Wallace outfit will be 
first" if present plans stick.' Rob- 
inson and Sparks v/IU delay their 
openings until the spring storms 
are past. 

John Ringling Is reported as tak- 
ing no chances with the weather 
and bankroll, preferring to keep the 
shows in winter quarters. 



Fair's Protection Law 

Davenport, la., March 4. 
City council adopted an ordinance 
prohibiting issuance of a city li- 
cense to circuses or carnivals to 
show here between July 15 and Aug, 
25 each year. Action was taken 
at the request of the Mississippi 
Valley Fair and Exposition Ass'n, 
which squawked last year when a 
circus played here shortly before 
the fair was scheduled to open, 
■ Ordinance does not prevent the 
association from signing a carnival 
lor the fair midway. 



Midget Circus 

Miami, March 4 
Edward Arlington and C. W 
Finney are organizing a 40-person 
midget circus which will open here 
shortly under canvas. Circus will 
work north and play lots in the 
east this summer. 

Finney tried financing the Cole 
show in Chicago but gave up. 



A 
park 
open 



MILWAUKEE PARK 

."Milwaukee,' Wis., March 4 
new permanent amusement 
capitalized at $500,000 will 
here about May 1. It Is 
backed by Ed F. Buer, Eugene 
Waumont and Senator Melghan, 

Placo Is on the Blue Mound road 
and win use former dog track 
which is now out of the state of 
Wisconsin. In addition to regular 
amusements the xiew park will have 
an air field and will conduct daily 
meets. 



Hingling Track Billers 

Los Angeles, Mai*. 4 
Advance cars of all shows In the 

Kingllng combination will use two 

trucks to do the billing In outlying 

sections. 

Trucks will be carried In an extra 

car. 



FROM CIRCUS TO PEN 



Sally Richards, One-Time Rider, 
Gets 20 Years for Robbery 



Buffalo, March 25. 
Sally Joyce Richards, convicted of 
first degree robbery here this week 
and sentenced to 20 years in Au- 
burn, Is a descendant of a long line 
of circus performers. She was born 
with a tent outfit, raised on a lot 
and has been bareback rider with 
various outfits. 

Miss Richards told officials that 
following a run of tough luck with 
tent shows she Joined a house of 
call. She followed with a series of 
sensational holdups In and around 
Buffalo. 

Police say Miss Richards has th 
toughest and most picturesque vo 
cabulary they've ever heard.. 



HARTFORD'S REALIZERS 

Hartford, Conn., March 4. 

Danny Shurion, former circus 
acrobat Is now in the detective 
bureau here. 

A former vaude actor Is working 
as head waiter in a local restau 
rant. Also living here Is a one-time 
burlesque man, now engaged 
commercial work. 



FRANK COOKE RETURNS 

rVank Cook, general manager for 
John Ringling, returned to New 
York last week from an eight week 
tour of European circus soots. 



CIRCUS MGRS. JOIN V. M. 

Berlin, Feb. 22. 

Circus managers have decided to 
Join the yaudevllle Managei's' As 
soclation. 

SarassanI, owner of the largest 
European circus, was elected to the 
board of directors. 



"WALTZER" COMM. SUIT 

Chicago, March 4 
■ E. H. Patrick and Harry Witt, 
owners of the "Waltzcr" ride, are 
fighting over manufacturing rights 
Witt, who has been handling sales, 
Is being sued for several thousand 
In cbmmlssion split by Patrick. 



KARL UNTHAN 

ICarl Unthan, armless performer, 
died in Berlin at the age of 82. Last- 
years of his life were made com- 
fortable by a collection taken up 
by numerous friends. Unthan's 
book, an autobiography, also netted 
him a tidy sum. / 
Born without arms he had to 
make his feet take their place. He 
gradually learned to carry out the 
most delicate sort of work,' such as 
sewing and embroidering. He played 
the violin and several other instru- 
ments. He was a very superior 
sharp shootei*, and an excellent 
swimmer. His ability as a linguist 
"helped him in his successful cai'eer 
as a vaudeville performer. 

He was one" of the founders of 
the German Vaudeville Performers 
Union, but hadn't appeared on the 
stage since the war. He put him- 
self at the disposal of the govern- 
ment to train soldiers, who had lost 
their ai-ms, for a return to civil lite. 



N. E. PARK ELECTION 



The New England Amusement 
Men's Association, made up of park 
men and concessionaires of New 
England, and for its first three 
years considered an "outlaw" or- 
ganization by the National Asso- 
ciation of Amusement Parks, held 
its first yearly convention as a part 
of the N. A. A. P. at Springfield, 
Mass., last Wednesday and Thurs- 
day. In December this local as- 
sociation was admitted to the na- 
tional body and absorbed by It, 
being now known as the New Eng- 
land Division of the N. A. A. P; 

The two-day meet was a pretty 
quiet aifalr, and nothing more 
startling than an election of oflBcers. 
The usual number ot papers on sub 
Jects In which its members are in- 
terested were read. 

James A. Donovan (Dodgem 
Corp.) was elected president; 
Charle.s Usen, Old Orchard, Me.; and 
Frank Terrell of New Haven, Conn., 
vice-presidents; C. F. Chlsholm, 
Revere Beach, Mass., treasurer, and 
Will L. WJiite of Rye, N. T., or- 
ganizer of the association, was 
re-elected, executive secretary for a 
fourth term. New members added 
to the executive committee were 
George 'P. Smith, Jr. (Philadelphia 
Toboggan Co.) and Stuart Kolllns 
(Wirth & Hamid's Boston office). 

About 130 members and guests 
from different parts of the country 
were present, among them Mrs. 
Beulah Hassard Sica, of Mid-City 
Park, Albany, N. T., the only known 
woman manager ^of an amuse- 
ment park. 



Obituary 



WILLIAM C. GALLAGHER 

William Lawrence Gallagher, 73, 
one of the best known show- 
men of the old school in New Eng- 
land, died in the Boston City Hos- 
pital after a short illness Feb. 24. 
"Pop" Gallagher, as he was known, 
^tas— bor-n— In— Er-o-vidence,— B T., and 



was llrio' of '"the "s'CtrViving- members' 
of the original "Uncle Tom's Cabin" 
company. 

Later he Joined George H. Batch - 
eler, owner of theatre in Providence 
and Boston. Leaving Batcheler, 
Gallagher was a pioneer in opening 
a string of tab houses. He was 
also one of the first to book and 
present shows, at summer parks op- 



IN MEMORY OF 

WILLIAM L. 

"Pop" 

GALLAGHER 

■IVIay His Soul Rest in 
Peace" 

Joe Lee 



strqctlon of the Plymouth Theatre, 
in Boston, which ho also managed' 
for many yea'.'S. He also managed 
the Cort in the Hub which became 
the Park Square and some years 
later the SeUvyn. When the Sel- 
wyn's • disposed of the property as 
a site for the S.ta tier Hotel, he went 
on tour for' George C. Tyler. His 
last engagement was several months 
ago with E. E. Clive, In Boston, with 
the Copley Players. 

His widow and a sister, Mrs. Wil- 
liam A Llttlefleld, survive. 



EDWARD L. SWETE 

Edward Lyall Swete, 65, actor and" 
producer, died in London, Febru- 
ary 19. Deceased had been, in in- 
different health for many years and 
was on the verge of retiring to live 
In the country. , 

He commenced his stage career 
in 1887 under Sarah Thorne's man- 
agement at Margate, afterwards be- • 
ing associated with Benson's com - • 
pany. Sir George Alexander, Lewis 
Waller, Oscar Asche and the Hay- 
market company. His last stage 
appearances were In "Outward 
Bound" "Saint Joan," and "Beauty." 
Chiefly famous as a producer, Swet© 
went to America to stage "Chu 
Chin Chow" and stayed there to 
produce "A Well Remembered, 
-^VoI qc" for G -Q<>r-Be—ArUiiBr—^Api>,vo— 
d"ite'''"and""'Wecca'^'for Morris Gestl ' 



in 



Circus Openings 

Chicago, March 4, 
Following circuses open on the 
following dates: 

April 26 — John Robinson, Peru, 
Ind.; Hagenbeck-Wallace, Logans- 
port, Ind.; Sparks, Macon, Ga.; 
Robbins, Newton, la.; H. G. Gen- 
try, which may be called United 
States Circusesjat West Baden, Ind. 

April 20— 101*?lanch, Ponca City, 
Okla. 

March 23— -Al G. Barnee, Baldwin 
Park, Cal. 

March 29 — Cole Bros,, Brehemen, 
Tex, 



erated by electric railroad compa- 
nies In New England and Canada. 

Funeral services were held at St. 
James Church, Boston. Interment 
was at Holy Cross Cemetery. 



FRED E. WRIGHT 

Fred E. Wright, dean of Boston 
theatre managers, died March 1 at 
his home In Brookline, Mass. 

Mr. Wright at one time managed 
Haverly's Minstrels and handled 
them for the Drury Lane Theatre 
date in London. When he was with 
Liebler Co., he supervised the con- 



COUNT SEEBACH 

Count Seebach, 77, formerly gen- 
eral manager of the Dresden State 
Theatres, died recently. lie was 
one of the few royal German thea- 
trical officials who was more than 
a cypher. 

Many modern dramatists and 
opera composers had their first per- 
formances in Dresden. An historic 
event was the first performance of 
Richard Strauss "Rosenkavalier." 
Seebach was responsible for ' the 
building of the new state playhouse, 
model of technical perfection. 
After the revolution he was unani- 
mously requested to retain his post 
and, although 63, stayed on \mt\l a ' 
suitable successor was found. Up 
to the very end he attended all first 
nights and, although offered a box, 
preferred to sif' among the audience. 

LEO W. STEIN 

Leo Walther Stein, manager of 
the Trianon theatre, Berlin, com- 
mitted suicide. He was the author 
of many successful farces, particu- 
larly "The Ballerina of the King." 

In the provinces, especially in- 
Dresden, he 'had been successful as 
a manager. For a year and a htflf 
he had rented the Trianon theatre 
from the Rotter Brothers, but had 
had no success with It. 



the big show at the John Davenport 
circus fans' annual dinner last week. 



OUTDOOR NOTES 



Ben Beno has arrived in the States 
from Portugal. 



Alan CahlU, promotion manager 
of the New York Coliseum, Bronx, 
Is scheduled to leave for Los An- 
geles soon to take charge of advance 
publicity for the Olympla games of 
1932. 



Floyd King is In Brehemn, Tex., 
preparing the Cole circus for the 
road. Opens late In March. 



No yearly passes this season on 
any of the Ringling circus. 



Al G. Barnes spec this year will 
be "Persia and the Pageant of 
Pekln." 



Dan DeBaugh of the Ringling 
office ran off 'four reels of film of 



Edward H. Stanley, arrested In 
Cincinnati and held for Macon, Pa., 
authorities on charge of issuing rub- 
ber checks, was one of Philadel- 
phia's most active Indoor circus pro- 
moters. 



Ringling circus will play Brook 
lyn this year followln^r its Madi 
son Square Garden date. 

This will be the first stand after 
New York for the show under can- 
vas. Show win be ferried from 
Jersey for Its New York opening. 



Ringling office In New York de 
nles the report that Herbert Evans 
has been engaged for an executive 
position with one of its outfits. 



Understood that J. N. Mayfleld, 
secretary of the Waco (Tex.) Fair, 
will not be in charge this year. Fair 
has been in the red the past two 
seasons. 



All games of chance are to oc 
barred from midway of the Genesee 
County Fair at Batavia, Y., next 
fall. 



West Texas State Fair, at Chll 
ders. week of Sept. 29, will have 
the Beckman Carrity carnival on 
the midway. 



Madison Square Garden officials 
are still demanding that John Ring 
ling play the Sells-Floto circus this 
spring as per contract made by old 
American Corp. 



Naida jMillcr's suit against 
Chicago Stadium for injuries 
(Continued on Page 71) 



the 
re- 



HOXEY C. FARLEY 

Hoxey C. Farley, one of the or- 
ganizers of the National Associa- 
tion of Theatre Owners, and Mont- 
gomery, Ala., manager for Publix, 
died Feb. 26. He had been in :U 
health for several years with an in- 
curable throat aliment. 

He wa» 59 years of age. Surviv- 
ing are his widow, three daughters, 
two sisters, and one brother. 



SAMUEL FENSTER 

Samuel Fcnster, 61, carnival man 
for 45 years, died in Lebanon Hos- 
pital (Bronx), New York, Feb. 21, 
of heart trouble. 

Fenster had been with all the big 
carnival outfits at different times. 
His widow survives. Home is at 
647 Caldwell ave., the Bronx. 



ABRAHAM MICHAELS 

Abraham Michaels, manager, 
Loew's 42d Street theatre, New. 
York, died suddenly of heart disease. 
March 1, following a fight between 
two women patrons. A news story 
appears elsewhere of his demise. 



George Black, 57, with Ringling 
Bros, detective . force eight years, 
and former Keith house manager, 
died March 4 at his home in Brook- 
lyn, N. Y. Ills widow survives. 



Frank Maddox, 60, manager, Ritz 
Theatre, Mansfield, O., died Feb. 15 
of Internal injuries received in an 
auto, accident. 



The wife and baby daughter of 
Ernest Delaney, manager, Rlalto, 
Joliet, 111., killed In auto wreck, Feb. 
26. Three other children survive. 



James Ritter, 45, organizer of the 
Chicago Picture Operators' Union, 
died in National City, Cal., Feb. 27. 
His widow survives. 



Mother ot Ned "Clothes" Norton 
died in Boston, Feb, 19. 



Wednesday, March 5« 1930 



OUTE)OORS 



VARIETY 



C7 



CARNIVALS FADING 




Promoters Use Mail and Express 
Keeping Within Law on Chiseling 



The mall-s«llln^ idea has in- 
-vaded the fund i-aislng racket of 
late, the talent having doped out 
this new wrinkle as one way of 
ducking the terrific nut when the 
operators have to rely on campaign 
managers, who have no consicence 
in making up the swindle sheet. 
Operators objected to their own 
muggs beating them at their own 
pet racket, lor they are experts at 
fiharpening the pencils. 

This new biz is Sti-ictly between 
Uncle Sam's post oflice and the op- 
erators up to a certain point, when 
they have to. call in the express 
company in the final step of the 
game, the district manager, promo- 
ter, and individual campaign man- 
ager being eliminated entirely. 
Everything's strictly high pressure 

mail- oi'der.- - - . - •- -■ 

Hers«sho« Book Intro. 

The lodges and fraternities of the 
country have been circularized with 
a forceful letter detailing the new 
scheme to the sees, the chief appeal 
being based on the fact that the 
lodges handle everything them- 
;selves, taking all and not splitting 
with anyone. The come-on in the 
deal is a book die-stamped into 
horseshoes, each one of which bears 
your favorite femme's name. These 
are peddled to the lodge for 20c 
apiece. If they cost a jit apiece to 
print and die-stannp, somebody's 
toeing taken. But the 15c mack-up 
is part of the take. The front coyer 
of this book is imprinted with the 
name, etc., of the local lodge, then 
the committee falls and decides to 
stage the camjpaign. 

First letter and the ones that 
follow suggest the use of certain 
merchandise during the campaign. 
Books are figured out on the usual 
basis of you take in so much cash 
and you give out' so much in pre- 
miums, and the lodge pockets the 
difference. A regular "deal" • has 
been figured oiit, the details being 
set forth for the benefit of the sec 
and the brothers in the correspond- 
once. The letter states you don't 
have to buy merchandise froiri the 
same place you buy the campaign 
books, but you can't buy the mer- 
chandise cheaper anywhere else 
than you can buy it from them. 
And they Inclose a printed flash 
price list. 

Checking up this flash four-page 
price list reveals lots of things. 

And the prices! Items that may 
be bought in any general merchan- 
dise store or from any of the stand- 
ard concession supply houses for 
12.40 are billed out to the lodge at 
$3.90; items on which the' estab- 
li.shed jobber's price is $4 are given 
a 2 buck tilt and peddled to the 
;iu.siyices for $6. The wliole price 
list is tilted in proportion; the mar- 
Kin they Avork on beats most wheels 
or joints. Of course the catch in 
the deal is that the secretaries and 
committees of thfe lodges • don't 
know where to find the general mer- 
chandise and jobbing houses..- So 
if .they fall for the horseshoe books 
they fall for the merchandise buy 
too. You'd be surpi-iAe'd \vhat .stress 
i.s laid- on that -"you don't have to 
buy inerchandise froth us" gag; it's 
put on heavy, the 6perators being 
great pfeychologlsits,- though they 
may- not know the word. 

Next Step, Question 

Just what would happen if sonie 
lodge odered a quantity, of imprint- 
ed books and then failed to order 
any merchandise is subject to con- 
jecture.. The racket's too new to 
have developed to that stage. 

Some seven thousand letters, 
tea.ser post cards, ?.nd what-have- 
you were sei^t out when tiiis racket 
was doped, and at last reports only 
72 secretaries had evinced even a 
passing curiosity abput the deal. 
Kctuns on the teaser postals aren't 
••oming in so very fast, 

(.)ne of the prime movers in this 
new take racket is a Chicago firm 
that has just weathered several 
vfars of campaign.s according to the 
old method, many of thein in recent 
y<>ars being flopis. Oil' one campaign 
in the lOa.st, the ))iff.s and walk-away 
dough grossed $7.fe0 for the canj- 
Paign manager, an afe man and an 



Adagio Under Canvas 



One of the features of the 
Ringling-Barnum & B iiley cir- 
cus this year may be four 
platforms of adagio a«nr>r; •, a 
new wrinkle for under the big 
top. 

Idea was tried out recently 
at a one-ring indoor circus 
with a quartet of dancers. 
Customers liked it. 



old hand at cutting corners and 
chiseling with the pencil. 

This Windy City outfit iis con- 
venientlly located in a corner build- 
ing with addresses on two streets. 
"When one racket dropped frorh un- 



-der th^m,- they changea tneir-name, 
switched to the address on the other 
side of the building, and cut loose 
with both barrels on the new gag. 
But it's too early to say with what 
results. The change of name "was 
quite necessary on account of the 
sharp angles contained in th€ con- 
tract they've been working under 
with the lodges for the past several 
years, for if the auspices knew it 
was the same old mob they would 
turn thumbs down on the new 
wrinkle, figuring it was loaded as 
the old one. This particular mob 
burned up so many auspices with 
their old racket they could not re- 
peat under any circumstances, so a 
new face and a new approach im- 
perative. 

Express Co. Finish 

The chance book Involved in this 
campaign is strictly a gambling gag 
and is, of course, banned from the 
mails, but it seems there is a clause 
in the law banmng them that per- 
mits a "sample ' to be mailed, so 
one is inclosed with the original 
letter that goes out. 

Whfn it comes to the fraternity 
taking on the deal, then the bis 
quantity for the campaign has to 
shippeia by express and the books 
delivered individually at the lodge 
or by messenger upon arrival at the 
city the lodge is In. 



RAINY MEXICO 



American Circus - Troupes Can't 
Find Profit in Mud 



American circus oul-lts which 
trouped into Mexico, after the clos- 
ing of the regular U. S. ' tours, 
bumped into such continued rainy 
weather they closed rather than at- 
tempt further dates at a loss. Some 
report breaking even, but none 
made any money. 

On6 outfit venturing into Mexico 
was operated by the Codonas. 
Troupe called it off after several 
muddy stands. 



Norumbega Park's New 
Manager; Zoo, Acts Out 

Boston, Mar(;h 4, 1!)30. 
Roy Gill, for years a ride opera- 
tor and concessionaire in New Enpr- 
land, has leased Norumbega Park, 
Auburndale (just outside of Boston), 
from the traction company that 
owns it and will operate it starting 
this year. CJiU is reported to have 
backing from Massachusetts 
bankers. 

Many changes are planned for 
Norumbega under the coming re- 
gime, principal of which are the 
abolition of tlie zoo which has been 
a feature for years and doing away 
with free acts. A 15 cents admis- 
sion is charged at the gate in this 
park, but what the natives are to get 
for their dough if the zoo and free 
acts are abolished Is problematical. 

Some new rides and attractions 
are now being booked for the com- 
ing sea.son. Plans also caU for the 
conversion of the open-air theatre 
into a dance hall, part of the .seats 
being retained so that Sunday mov- 
ies can be given. This theatrfe as 
i.s' now stands .seats 3,000. A deal 
is said to be pending with RKO to 
operate the film end of the venture. 





yESTEnyEim 



Modern Outdoor 'Showmen' 
Stagnant — Finding Trou- 
ble Bankrolling to Move 
from Winter Quarters — 
Old-Time 'Outdoormen 
Gave *Em Value and 
Made Them Come Again 



"GOING BACKWARD" 



Carnival business is passe. In Its 
present condition it's a business of 
yesterday. 

Back in the days of. Frank 0. 
Bostock, Gaston Akoun, Francis 
Ferrari, -.i*. ■ J.^ J guiidy and — ^Prai 
GaskiU it was a healthj', Ihrfving 
trade controlled by men of sagacity, 
ingenuity and ideas, with ability 
to foresee the future and keep one 
jump ahead of the changing time. 

They didn't pay much attention 
to riding devices in those days; 
they had few Eides, depending al- 
most entirely on the few American- 
built merry-go-rounds; they im- 
ported English gondolas and French 
carrousels. 

These old-time carnivals operated 
within an enclosure in most cases; 
the owners knew the value of free 
acts as a drawing card and had 
plenty of them on the lot — and good 
ones — and when they framed a 
show it had something. 

. When Gaston Akoun put on a 
"Streets of Cairo" It was the real 
thing, with all the stuff for it, as 
well as the people- who worked. -in 
It, imported for the show. . His 
Fgyptian dancers were real Egyp- 
tians and they knew their wiggles. 

Francis Ferrari and Frank C. 
Bostock went in heavy for animal 
Shows, real animal shows. They 
didn't call 10 head of stock a show; 
they had real trainers working the 
bulls, cats, etc., and gave a- show 
that was well worth the admission. 

Present " day carnival owners 
could put out a whole show for 
what Akoun, Bostopk, Ferrari, 
Mundy or GaskiU spent for one 
midway attraction.- 

In the Day of Tux 

If you suggested to any of the 
present carnival owners that they 
put their lecturers in tuxedos they'd 
call the wagon, yet there was a time 
when a tuxedo wasn't a novelty on 
the carnival lot. They wore them 
on the old "World at Home Shows" 
when James C. Kline operated it. 

There is nothing new about the 
carnival of today to appeal to the 
public. Everybody's ridden a merry- 
go-round. ■ In this mechanical age 
with kids rriaklng model airplanes 
as soon as they get into short pants 
riding a horse doesn't appeal. They 
Want a mechanical device of some 
kind, preferably one that they can 
operate themselves. 

Everybody has ridden the rest of 
the general run of riding devices; 
cv6r>-body has seen everything the 
carnival has to offer in the way of 
girl shows, in fact the local picture 
house offers 'better entertainment of 
that sort. 

Silk Stockings 

Women xised to ride the flying 
ginny to show their silk ho.se, but 
they don't have to do that now, 
while the return of long skirts isn't 
going to Improve the situation an> 
either. 

Tl)ere was a time when many of 
the , big shot carnival owners could 
have retired from the racket with 
a big enough bank roll to do them 
for the rest of their lives, but they 
stuck to a sinking ship and have 
chiseled themselves out of their su- 
gar. If any operating a rag bp'ry 
today has a personal fortunf, the 
talent would like to know who he Is. 
Most don't know where the dough is 
coming from on which to get out of 
winter quarters. 

Banks in different parts of the 
country. have been bankrolling some 
of the boys, but two that have been 
known to do this are in bad shape 
this year, so no more coin will be 
forthcoming for the tricks they've 
be<-n underwriting. Some of the 



Forecast Slot Machine Chain 

Stores on Play and Spend Idea 



Lean Arabs 



Arab ti-oupes as circus fea- 
tures seem to be passing, with 
one of the big circus operators 
k'lown to be prejudiced againsrt 
using the tumblers. There are 
plenty of Arab troupes in New 
York, none of them with con- 
tiacts for the coming season. 

When a.sked what was to he- 
come of them, one outdoor 
booker stated: 

"All the good ones have be- 
come waiters, and I have the 
other one as a partner." 



owners will be selling a juice plant 
or two or a ride to get a bank roll 



Some Smart 

Some owners have been smart 
enough to see and are attempting 
to revamp to meet the changes, but 
it may be too late. Inclosures with 
a pay gate a.nd fi'ee attractions have 
been added by a few shows in the 
past season or two, but the muggs 
just aren't educated up to the old 
ideas of quality, so the standard of 
the stuff ,jAhey - ate .putting on is 
about on ^pao with the rest of the 
.show; not enough draw to it to pull 
the chumps on the lot The enter- 
tainment value of the stuff they're 
adding is nil. 

Still dates have been falling off 
year after year. It's just a case of 
any port in a storm to hold the 
show together for the big clean-up 
that usually came when the fair 
season opened, but they don't get 
the heavy dough' on fair dates as of 
yore. They're giving up heavy for 
the spots instead, as the prices car- 
nival owners have been paying for 
fairs have been mounting steadily 
in recent years, out of all proportion 
to what the dates are worth. After 
they count up in the office wagon 
at the end of a. fair date these days 
they find they haven't even gotten 
off the nut, in many cases. 

Fairs and Parks 

A peculiar situation has been de- 
veloping In the fair end of outdoor 
amusements in recent years that 
has been great for the fairs them- 
selves but tough on the carnys play- 
Ing thi.'m; that is many fairs have 
been turning their plants Into per- 
manent amusement parks. The fair 
sees have come to realize that main- 
taining expensive fair grounds for 
52 weeks a year when It is only in 
operation for one week or two at 
the very most is a bad percentage, 
so ■ they've been installing riding 
devices, dance halls, shows, conces- 
sions and all the trimmings. 

Result Is that when th'e carnival 
hits the fair it finds the natives 
don't go for the rides and shows 
It brings in as they've been going 
for them all summer in the fair 
park. And the number of fairs that 
are lijstalling permanent parks is 
fast increasing. 

The portable riding device Is 
about the only thing anyway dlfl'pr- 
ent that many (jarnivals have to 
offer. Some rides can be built por- 
table that aren't .so feasible as a 
permanent park attraction. When 
a showman has one of these he 
stands a chance of winning a little. 

There are many showmen with 
carnivals Who will tell • you they 
know the business backwards. 
That's the way It seems to be go- 
ing the.«e days. 



Chicago, March 4. 

Automatic • merchandising has 
turned to show business for its 
Idoas and is today the flashiest in- 
du.>itry in America. Anything from 
a tube of tooth paste, a hat or a 
stamp can be bought by dropping a 
coin. Each machine is a. small - 
stage, set for the customer with 
plenty of .scenery. Machines that 
turn out useful articles are usually 
flanked by play machines. Both net 
the same amount over a year. 

T..arRe companies such as those 
selling po.muts and chocolate have 
developed venders that offer the 
choice of any of their products. All 
of them are built for attention and 
with the act-iaea uppermost. Next 
to each .one is spotted the nickel . 
-snatrher. Wbllp thy i customer pftts 



L. A. Beach Games Test 

Los Angeles, March 4. 

'riie Ij. a. police commission has 
started its annual grouch against 
the gaff joints of the amu.sement 
piers at the beaches. Squawks were 
originally placed by the merchants 
of the beach towns, who olalmod 
that the store games on the pifi's 
were taking away their buslnps.«. 

The commission will make a trip 
to the ijifrv and piny ;ill the ganx'S. 
Whfre tlif-y f-annot lifftt tlif .^rlm • 
mick they will revoke the Joint's 
permit. 



he playSTand spends.-_,Jfjhe. plays 
the shooting gallery at 6 shots for 
a jit he does so amid Urban scenery 
and trick moving animals. 

Any Game 

Some of the larger companies are 
turning out 2,000 machines of vari- 
ous kinds weekly. A gum machine 
today offers a bird solo for a cent. 
It's next to a collar machine that 
offers any size for 15c. Both are 
loaded with gilt and colors. The i 
old-time card wheels are- still In the ' 
ring, but they've changed. Dressed 
and dolled It'h sometimes hard to see 
the cards. But the femnies like 'em. 
Basketball, baseball, golf, football, 
horse racing, ladio shooting gal- 
leries, fortune telling machines us- 
ing Jlfe-slzed picture stars, huge 
wheels that offer a choice of th« 
market's 5c. candy bars are all 
automatic and scenerled for the 
customer. One company even has 
out an automatic pool table that- 
gives all the thrills without an at- 
tendant. Shaving soap, tooth ' 
brushes, soap, handkerchiefs, socks, 
shoelaces, perfumes and other coni- 
modities are all being sold amid 
scenery and color and games that 
cost-from Ic. to a nickel. 

Two manufacturers have had bids 
from the Atlantic & Pacific Tea. 
Co., and the Walgreen drug stores. 
The companies want to see what 
can be done with combination mer- 
chandise and playing machines. 
Both have plenty of showmanship 
in the designs, altho one wants to 
see what can be done with standard 
five cent foods in packages. Ma- 
chine Exposition meeting in Chicago 
last week predicts the biz will some- 
day bo the bl.ggest thing in America, 
replacing stoics and hotel lobby 
stands, 



Knight Tries Waterbury 
To Pay Off Ansonia Flop 

Herbert Knight, one of the pro- 
moters of the recent ill-fated indoor 
circus at Ansonia, Conn., opened 
another Satur<lay. at the Armory, 
Waterbury, Conn., under backing of 
the National Guard. 

Waterbury has had ^ dearth of 
rlrou.ses and carnivals in i*eccnt 
seasons. (Jircus reader ,1s $300 a day, 
and kept outfits out, the Christy 
Show being about the. only one In 
several seasons to attempt a day in 
the town. Knight, however, la re- 
portca ilot paying this stiff license 
fee. \ ■ . 

Knight show opened Maich 1 and 
runs to March 8, with 60c general 
admlffslpn and another two-bits for 
reserved seat.s. Tlierc will be no 
gambling games, wheels or gaines 
of chance. 

Knight has several more weeks 
In Connecticut and one in Maine to 
follow this spot. Note's given some 
of the acts who played +he An.sonla 
date are due on demand Ourlng th6 
V\^aterbury show. 



PEIKTEES BEHIHT) COLE'S 

IJrenham, Texas, March 4. 

Xational J'rlnting Co. of Chicago 
l.« finanf'Ing the Cole circus, which 
will again open here March 29. 
Tlir-re ^\ill be 10 cars. 

Flcyd King is manager and Jean 
.'^taaiH ad car manager, ^ame pro- 
giuni as la.st season. 



68 



V A R I E T Y 



Wednesday, MarcK 5, 1930 



News From the Dailies 

This department contains rewritten theatrical news Items as pub* 
lished during the week in the daily papers of New York, Chicago, 
San Francisco, Hollywood and London." ^Variety takes no credit 
for these news items; each has been rewritten from a daily paper^ 



HOLLYWOOD 

Helen Rand, actress, arrested on 
a hit and run charge. Car she was 
driving struck Edith Booker. 

Lichtig and Englander, agents, 
filed suit against Gary Cooper for 
*1,875 commissions, alleged due 
from his Par. contract. 



E. Darling filed suit against Law- 
rence Tlbbett for $206 alleged due 
him tor a copper hearth installed in 
the singer's home. 

Mrs. Vera Kornman has been ap- 
pointed legal guardian of her daugh- 
ter, Mary Kornman, former "Our 
Gang" heroine, In order to care for 
$10,000 saved by the child. 

Suit filed by William La Plante, 
theatrical attorney, and part owner 
of the Berwllla Film Corp., against 
W. T. Hooper asking for a receiver- 
ship on charges of fraud and mis- 
management. La Plante alleges that 
Hooper is trying to freeze him out 
of his 25% Interest.- 



Paramount will star Jack Oakle 
In a remake of "Merton of the 
Movies," modernized to answer to 
tie tl t lfe - ^ertun u£ ■ Ht e-gaAk-teSi-'' 



"The Dummy Husband," dram- 
atization of "The Vision House," by 
Alice N. Williamson and Howard 
Pfaelzer, will have a premiere sta'ge 
appearance by the Theatre Mart at 
the Actors' Theatre, Feb. 27. 



When Sono-Art, contemplating a 
series of Westerns, endeavored, to 
rent the late Fred Thompson's horse, 
"Silver King," it was discovered that 
In the player's will wag a provision 
that only a favored few persons 
could ride the horse after his death. 
If Sono-Art goes through, one of 
those favored will have to be en- 
gaged as star of the pictures. 



Returning from location In Mexico 
with M-G'a "Sea Bat" company, 
Gibson Gowland, British subject, is 
being held at Nogales, Ariz., by U. S. 
Immigration authorities due to tech- 
nical errors In his passport. 



Paul Sloane given a two-year 
contt'act at Radio for his good work 
in "Radio Revels." Negotiating for 
"Chocolate Soldier" as his first as- 
signment. 



"Happy Days,", opening at the 
Circle Feb, 28, refused to give a 
press pre-view. 



Ruth Renlck opens Feb. 27 with 
"The Dummy Husband" at the The- 
atre Mart, known as the Actoi's' 
Theatre. 



Marshall Nlelan talking to Colum- 
bia for a directorial spot. 



Leatrlce Joy will go abroad In 
time to take up a six weeks' vaude 
engagement at the Paladium, Lon- 
don. 



Actors waived Equity bonds when 
Hampton Del Ruth's "Latest Mur- 
der" opened at the Figueroa Play- 
house. 



"The Academy becomes a per 
petual peace confergnce" by its for 
mal acceptance of responsibility for 
adminintering the new actors' con- 
ti-act. The phrase is William C. de 
Mine's, issued in Hollywood. 

While formulation of the con 
tract is generally understood to have 
been an Academy activity, the 
Academy's connection with it be- 
came official only on Feb. 21 when 
Its executive committee undertook 
administration of the new-year basic 
agreement between actors and pro- 
ducers in the Los Angeles produc 
tlon district. 



Hollywood win have a new $2, 
000,000 hotel. Eugene Stai-k, Adolph 
Zukor and the Guggenheini interests 
are behind. 



"Bossy" Glllis, mayor of New- 
buryport, Mass., is in Hollywood, 
Claims he is looking for a wife 
Wants a brunet because blondes 
soon get sloppy after marriage. Is 
his claim. 



Maurey Love, sentenced to 180 
days In jail on a petty theft charge 
In connection witli the film school 
he operated. Five months ot the 
sentence was suspended. 

Fletcher Norton, pictures, arrested 
on a drunken driving charge. 



Jim TuUy, hobo author, sued for 
divorce by his wife, Mrs. Margaret 
Meyers Tully, in Las Vegas, Nev. 

• "Mocking Bird," a desert fantasy 
Is to be presented at the El Perrisi 
dio estate in Pen-Is, April C, C, 12 
and 13. 



Alex. A. Aarons, Aarons & Fried 
ly, to produce a musical for Fox 
Ben Stoloff will direct 



from L. A. "Times," as magazine 
contact, and Margaret Kimball on 
fashions. 



Assistant directors' union voted to 
abandon their A. F. of L. qharter 
after a stormy session and the 
resignation of George Boles, presi- 
dent. Final olction to be taken at 
next meeting, March 10. 



Picture people are becoming af- 
filiated with the L. A. Junior Cham- 
ber of Commerce. First batch are 
Carl Laemmlc, Jr.; John" Mack 
Brown, Ben Lyon and Hubert 
Voight. Idea is to promote good- 
will between local biz and film in- 
dustry. 



Columbia has added two more 
execs. Bud Barsky, formerly pro- 
duction manager with Tiffany, re- 
lieves Sam Bischoff, who moves into 
production department. 



Glenn Brunk opened his tent the- 
atre company at Colton, Cal., with 
'What Mai-y Married," by John C. 
Brownell. 



Charles Dorian and Mart Brooks 
directing dances for Metro's "March 

of TllT.>> " 



Fred Beers, foiroef'Iietrd'caa'tlng 
head. Joined John Lancaster In the 
agency biz. 



taken under advisement by the 
court. Decision due next week. 



Paramount will collect $25,000 In 
promissory notes with the settling 
of the estate of Theodore Roberts. 



David Burton replaced by Jack 
Conway as director of M-G's "The 
Circle." Burton, stage director, ob- 
jected to working with a film di- 
rector. 



Roger Marchetti, attorney, i.s pre- 
paring a book on motion picture 
law. 



Hunter Keasey, legit producer, 
held in jail on lack of $1,000 bail for 
passing a $15 bouncing' check. 



Tod Browning's first directorial 
effort for Universal will be a melo- 
drama on the regeneration of crooks. 
Cast to be headed by Mary Nolan 
and Edward Robinson. Production 
begins May 1. 



Radio bought the original French 
version of Victor Sardou's "Scrap 
of Paper," after the English trans- 
lations proved too expensive. Earl 
Derr Biger's "Inside the Lines" was 
also acquired this week. 



Guinn Williams will do Jack 
Dempsey's original role in "The Big 
Fight" for James' Cruz. Ralph Ince 
will play the heavy. 



LONDON 

Kirkby Lunn, famous contralto, 
died in London Feb. 17. 



W. J. Gell and Simmy Rowson 
appointed to board of Gainsborough 
Pictures, unit in Gaumont combine. 
Both men are directors of other 
branches of the group. 



Grafton theatre, converted cinema 
just outside the West End zone, 
will open in May with stock and 
student understudies. Idea is to 
make it a student theatre at cheap 
prices. 



Trial of Mae West and he«i 
'Pleasure Man" cast postponed 
again to March 10. Prosecutor Im 
otherwise engaged. 

Refusing to open Loew's 80tb 
Street theatre safe, John Ludge, as- 
sistant manager, was hit over tha 
head with a revolver butt by tw»' 
holdup men. Frightened when tli» 
manager sank to the floor, the two 
men fled. ' 



Latest sign of the American in- 
vasion occurs at the Royalty March 
10 when Garland Anderson's "Ap- 
pearances" Is due. Doe Doe Green 
and Nathan Shindell to star. 



When Lester Gibson, janitor, tried 
to separate Audrey Ferris and her 
husband. Archer Huntington, during 
a family fight, Huntington socked 
the janitor over the head with a 
bottle. Huntington has not been 
located by the coppers. 



Dennis Neilson Terry and Mary 
Glynne are due in "Traffic," au- 
thored by Nell Scott. Expected in 
town in May. 

Birmingham Repertory theatre 
hag celebrated its 17th birthday. 
Under Barry Jackson It has pro- 
duced 299 plays, excluding revivals, 
and staged 5,732 performances. 

Robert Haslam, 25, died of pneu- 
monia following an operation. He 
was regarded as a rising young ac- 
tor, recently playing In "Thunder in 
the Air." 



Basil Dean's first talker for Asso- 
ciated Talking Pictures-RKO will 
be "Escapo," adapted by- the author. 
Edna Best and Colin Clive starred. 



■ • -Lt6fiel -Belmorer pleaded guilty to- 
a charge of liquor possession and 
was fined $100 by Municipal Court 
Judge Wilson. 

Inez Withers, former wife of Grant 
Withers, had the allowance for the 
support of their six-year-old son 
increased from^ $60 monthly to $25 
weekly. 



Describe d as one of the cleverest 
"hbtel threves" known - -to— the— pol-icer 
Helen •'D6yie7'Z6,' lanaed' lB "moTifhs 
after lifting jewelry out of London's 
classiest dives. 



Adolph Zukor and Jesse Lasky 
leave here March 6 for New York 
accompanied by several Paramount 
executives. 



Fifth annual Rodeo at the Baker 
Ranch, Sagus, will be staged April 
27. Some $5,000 In prizes. 



Mary Miles Minter has lost 35 
pounds and plans a screen come- 
»ack. 



Margaret Morris, pictures, and 
William Belt, vice-president of the 
T A T-Maddux Corp., filed notice 
of intent to marry. 



Antonio Moreno's debut In a 
Spanish picture will be the princi- 
pal part In Paramount's "Benson 
Murder Case," 



Fidelity Construction Co. filed suit 
against Columbia Pictures for 
$10,000 resulting from an unfilled 
contract for the construction of a 
eound stage and office. 



Alber DiiMond, writer for Uni- 
versal, promoted to producer and 
given a five-year optional contract. 

Station KMTR will move Into the 
new Mayan theatre building as soon 
as alterations have been completed. 



"Jout-ney's End" will play several 
dates around here showing In high 
school auditoriums after It com- 
pletes Its L. A. run. 



Harry Pollard begins his last pic 
ture for Universal in May with "The 
Flirt." To be released on 1930-31 
program. ' 



Illness of Helen Chandler, now 
confined In a Hollywood hospital, 
disclosed that slio was secretly mar 
rled to Cyril Hume, writer, three 
weeks ago at Agua Callente. 



With the closing of "Oh, Susanna" 
In 'Frisco last week, Franklin War- 
ner, producer, found himself $130,000 
In the red on his first production 
effort. 



J. Herbert Mclntyre, formerly 
manager of the Pathe Minneapolis 
exchange, has been made western 
division manager, replacing Les 
Weir, deceased. 



Nils Asther-Vlvian Duncan ro 
mance seems to be off. Asther, just 
back from Mexico, let It be known 
that he was all for a gal he met In 
Mexico City. 



Mrs. Phyllis Daniels, mother . of 
Bebe Daniels, and Marie Mosquini 
pictures, injured in an auto acci 
dent. 



Olga Baclanova sued for $1,052 for 
damages done to a rented house. 



Ben. Turpln, pictures, signed for 
a two years' tour of Europe by 
Frank Mollenhauer, German impre 
sario. Ho will leave in May. 



Mao Murray sued by Natacha 
Rambova for $1,562.50 for clothes 
ordered, which were not accepted 
when delivered. 



Siginund Moos, head of Univer 
sal's lea.iinp department, quit for a 
similar post at First National. Her 
man Schluss will take his old job. 



Sono-Art's "Reno," story by Cor- 
nelius Vanderbllt, will be used as a 
screen comeback for Ruth Roland. 
Productloji starts March 15. 

Reorganization of FN's publicity 
department haa Robert Donaldson 
b8^ck as unit p. a., Kathryn White, 



Harry D'Arrast, after working 
three months on "Raffles" for Gold 
wyn, Is out. George Fitzmaurice 
takes his place. Credit will go to 
D'Arrast. 



Suit of Max Hart against Nancy 
Welford for $1,100, asserted due him 
for securing picture work, has been 



By order of English Football As- 
sociation, who come down like 
heavyweights on clubs for infrlnge- 
hients. Queens Park Rangers, one of 
London's dozen professional teams, 
have had their ground closed for a 
fortnight because spectators raised 
a row during a league battle. 



Resetting of the trial of Dallas 
Van Cleve, pictures, on charges of 
burglary, was postponed a week. 
This win make the third trial, first 
two juries disagreeing. 



Robert Ames, pictures, held on a 
charge of driving while intoxicated 
fonowing a trafllc accident in 
which three persons were Injured. 



Edith Mayer, daughter of Louis 
B. Mayer, and William Goetz, pic- 
ture executive, are to be married 
March 19. 



King VIdor will direct a film 
based on the life of Billy, the Kid, 
western ba'ndit, for M-Q. Lawrence 
Stallings and Maxwell Anderson 
are writing the story. 



M-G's attempt to star John Gil- 
bert In a he-man yarn of '49 is 
temporarily off. 



State's negative film taxation of 
$4.10 per $100 based on one fourth 
of the valuation of -the production, 
is blamed for the temporary lull in 
picture production. Taxation is 
due March S. 



After spending eight years with 
Paramount, during which time he 
spent six as an assistant director 
and the balance as director of 
westerns. Otto Brewer signed his 
first contract with the firm to 
direct features. 



Eddie Sutherland will direct 
"Merton of the Movies" as Jack 
Oakie's first starring picture for 
Paramount. 



Frances Marion, widow of Fred 
Thompson, western star, will fight 
any move to have her husband's 
horse, "Silver King," used in pic 
tures again. Heirs, other than her- 
self, recently made a move to rent 
the horse to producers. 



Carll Elinor, musical director at 
the Carthay Circle since it opened, 
has been given a term contract by 
Fox to superintend music produc- 
tion on talkers and . score silents. 



"Ropes End," opening at the Vine 
Street, March 9, will take to the 
road after its local run. Fox West 
Coast is ' figuring on dates for it 
In San Diego, Santa Ana, .Long 
Beach and Riverside. 



Eddie Cllne's next a.<;slgnmont al 
FN will be "Man Crazy" for Alice 
White. 



"Tempered Justice," angeled by 
Mrs. Margaf et Briggs, C5, failed to 
open at the Actors' Theatre as 
scheduled. Non Equity cast, work- 
ing for car fare, the trouble. 



National radio broadcasts prov 
ing a flop to local stations. With 
operating nut top heavy, stations 
claim there's little chance to break 
even. Only i)roflt m.akcr of the 
bunch Is KNX, which has no chain 
tleup outside of Paramount. 



Tommy Gulnan, Tex's brother, 
sentenced to. four months in jail and 
fined $500 for aiding and abetting a 
nuisance in maintenance of the Chez 
Florence, received a suspended jail 
sentence, but must pay the fine. 

Donald Shriner, whose wife ia 
suing him for divorce, with Diana 
Gray, showgirl, named as corre- 
spondent, last week filed a voluntary 
petition In bankruptcy. Shriner re- 
cently spent several days in jail 
when unable to pay alimony, and 
received daily comforting from Miss 
Gray, -who told reporters she had 
been living with him. 

Charles (Navraslcs) Nary, opet"- 
etta tenor, is petitioning for annul- 
ment of his marriage last September 
to Mme. Kathy Trsnadel Navraslcs, 
who was touring with him In the 
Chicago Hungarian Theatrical Co. 
Nary says he has yet to kiss his 
wife, and that she married him to 
get even with a guy. 



Fire broke out backstage during 
performance of touring revue at 
Grand theatre, Clapham, suburban 
grind, and the chorines got their 
first space break through doing 
Punchinello out front. 



Old Vic has started a rep run of 
Shaw plays, first time the non- 
smoker has had a break at the tra- 
ditional South London playhouse. 



David O'Gorman, of the O'Gorman 
Brothers, vaude -act, has remarx'ied 
his divorced wife, Pearl Dawn. 



'Dally Mall" has started a play 
criticizing stunt. Giving first nlght- 
ers a chance to show the critics how 
It should be told. 



NE>y YORK 

Natalie Chadwick, former show 
girl recently in pictures, jailed jon 
charge of looting the summer home 
of her friend, Polly Lux, in Mlneola, 
Li. I. Home was stripped of every- 
thing moveable, and furnishings 
were sold to an auctioneer for $800. 

Dr. William T. Manning re-elected 
honorary president of the Episcopal 
Actors' Guild of America. All other 
officers also re-elected. 



Survey of the Standard Statistics 
Co. of New York reports the picture 
business abreast of its 1929 activ- 
ities and estimates the largest ag- 
gregate business in history for 1930. 
Increased production costs, however, 
are reported liable to cut this year's 
profit under 1929. 



Witnessing several boxing bouts 
and later a series of dances by six 
bare girls, 133 men were pinched 
and the promoter, Isaac . Bernson, 
was held on charges of staging 
bouts and tjieatrical performances 
without a license. Girls climbed 
down a fire escape and got away 
in taxis. 



David George, Virginia moun 
taineer, has started litigation 
against several recording companies 
for accounting of profits on record 
Ing of "Wreck of the Old 97," which 
he claims to have written. Test 
case is against Victor, in Federal 
court at Camden, N. J. 



■Robert Geddes, actor, is asking 
the New York Supreme Court to 
confirm award of $2,800 made 
against Guy Bolton, playwright, by 
the American Arbitration Ass'n. 
Claim is based on a managerial con 
tract in which Bolton is alleged to 
have guaranteed the actor 15 weeks* 
work In his newest play, "Beppo." 



Georglanna Irrutia, dancer, showed 
Supreme Court Justice photographs 
of burns on her bark in suit fOr 
$100,000 damages against the Troy 
Savings Bunk and the bank's 
cashier, Clarence T. Weaver, owners 
of the Troy Music HaU. I^Tiss Urru- 
tia claims she received the burns 
there two years ago. 



will not attempt Paul Green's "Tread 
the Green Grass." Insufficient f unda 
the reason. 



Filing suit to collect $250 for serv- 
ices rende red iri Investigating Lionel 
West a.g a "fi i r kuoial e.vpei t," a - l ocal- 
detecfive "lhci'dentany~-claim3' this 
same West scrammed with money 
turned over by several hundred 
youngsters who wanted West to 
teach them to act for pictures. 

It is claimed West operated, and 
suddenly dissolved, the Lionart Pic- 
ture Photoplays studio at 66 Fifth 
avenue. 



Told his former wife is planning 
to petition, for annulment of the 
divorce he secured in 1925, Harry 
Richman called the move "an at- 
tempt to collect $10,000." Malvena 
Yvonne Richman called on him at 
his club recently, he said, and 
threatened to start something if ho 
didn't fork over that amount for a 
trip to Europe. 



Stay-awake contest held in Nut- 
ley, N. J., was won after 111 hours 
by Michael "Squeaks" Petillo. Con- 
testants were forced to listen to a 
radio continuously. Petillo is con- 
tinuing alone, anxious to beat tlie 
152-hour world's record set by a 
woman in Dayton, O. 



Jury awarded Georgiana Urretia, 
danc^er, $10,000 for burns received 
in a Troy, N. Y., music hall fire 
more than a year ago. Verdict was 
directed against Troy Savings bank 
and its cashier, Clarence T. Weaver, 
as owners of the hall. 



Claiming her lawyer said he could 
secure dismissal of a case against 
her for $150 extra, Ann E. Thorn, 
dancing instructress, caused Attor- 
ney John Blumenthal to be haled 
into court. Case against the girl 
has been postponed. 



Suing for separate maintenance, 
although her husband already has 
secui'ed a divorce in Kentucky, Mrs. 
Mae Ayer claims her husband was 
lying when he told the New York 
Supreme Court he had secured the 
divorce by naming Lew Cody co- 
respondent. Ayers is known to tlie 
tabs as the "chemise" or "brassier" 
king. 



CHICAGO 



Louis Vallecello, 18, picture actor, 
and Frank Urrutla, 18, son of gov- 
ernor of Pueblo, Mexico, were held 
by police last week as burglars. 



J. L. Francis was awarded $8,500 
against a local store for an injury 
received when Joe ICirkwood, golf 
demon, . sliced into Francis* eye 
while demonstrating trick shots. 

Burglar robbed apartment of Vio- 
let Meeker, colored entertainer at 
the Cotton club in Cicero, and took 
trinkets valued at $500. Burglar 
discovered to be her brother, Wil- 
bur. 



Marian Wox, who claims she ap- 
peared In pictures as Marian War- 
ing, was arrested here and held for 
Los Angeles police. She is said to 
be wanted for man.slaughter as the 
result of the death of a man in an 
auto accident. 



Ruth Taylor, of pictures, an- 
nounced her engagement to Paul S. 
.Zuckerman, New York broker. 



Macdoug.al Street Playhouse an- 
nounced last week that it has dis- 
banded as a producing group and 



Catherine McGinlty, widow of 
Dan McGinity, former manager oi 
Bob Fitzsimmons, lost her . light 
against his estate. McGinity left 
his entire estate of $.10,000 to hi?^ 
second wife and a daughter. 



Harold Cusack, stepson of tht> 
late Thomas Cusack, outdoor ad- 
vertiser, lost his fight to gain con- 
trol of $235,000 which he claimed 
Cu.vack placed in trust for him. 



Mrs. Carleton Randolph, Evanf?toii 
picture censor, balked at support- 
ing a motion which opposed plac- 
ing Sunday pictures on the ballot. 



69 



CHICAGO 

Variety's Chicago Office 

WOODS THEATRE BUILDING— CENTRAL 0fi44-4401 



Belmont 

Klrst half of the iiinc-.ict hill was 
weaK, with the only enU'i-tainment 
delivei'ed by the last three acts. 
Benson and Culluni had some nifty 
hooflnff, but miss with tlioh- ut- 
li>mi)ts at comedy. 

Harry Stone couldn't fjct Uiiross 
with his old song and talk routine. 
Gags left this audience cold. 
Emory, Manley and Co., two men 
and a woman, did imitations of 
animal life against a fair set. 
Shapes up as a wealc novelty. 
Doran and- Trott, man and woman, 
were over with the youngsters on 
their hoke, but not a chance with 
n, more critical mob. BuddyLeloach, 
colored single, missed with his com- 
edy talk and songs. ■ Cook and 
Langton, with comedy centered 
around a dentist's chair, fi.shed out 
a couple of laughs with the slap- 
.stick, but were too weak to go the 
whole distance. 

"The Graduates," eight girls in a 
dance flash, over nicely. Chorus of 
hIx, warbler and specialty girl, with 
the last-named outstanding. Cole 
and Snyder were ' big with their 
comedy hoke and hoofing. Talk, 
however, is weak. Kour Haas Bros, 
closed and presented some nifty bar 

rl57-T5aw»b«H^ie-^+tH*^ 
with perfect form "ind executTbrf 
Can open or close anywhere. 

"Thing called Love" (Pa the) fea 
ture. 

Business excellent Friday night. 

Loop. 



Englewood 

Joe and Kthel Fantoh, now doing 
their gymnastics in blackface (New 
Acts), mopped up in the deuce at 
the Knglewood. So did Bert Nagel, 
the human feline, and his cat- 
I'OKtumed partner, spotted No. 4. 

.\lpine Romance, .two men and 
two girls, opened with 10 minutes 
of yodeling -and a ludicrous dance. 
After the Fantons, the man-girl 
team of Bristol and Bell found some 
laughs in the comedy line pulled by 
the wise guy street novelty vender. 
Then Nagel, followed by Gushing 
and Hutton (New Acts),w ho should 
prune and revise. 

Small flash. Convey Twins and 
.Tolinny, carried on Johnny's solo 
hoofing. Good costumes, especially 
those of the girls. 

"X'orth Marks and Co., semi-Hebe 
witht straight man and girl, .showed 
again, but went poorly, only the 
lace slapping getting laughs. Blue 
Ridge Ramblers (New Acts), an- 
other mountaineer gang, filled sev- 
eral minutes tediously. Next to 
floslng, Parker and Davis, man and 
girl (New Acts),' went well. The 
conclusion was Catherine Sinclair 
and Co., girl and two men In effec- 
tive hand to hand. 

Show complfeted by "Embarrassing 
Moments" (U), Pathe News, Pathe 
• Review and 10 minutes of trailers. 
Usual Tuesday night mob filled 
every chair before the first act 
.started. 

Loop. 



Ethel Bennett's "Perfect Alibi" 
opens on the Redpath circuit at Co- 
lumbus, Ga., April 25. 



Kal;iniazoo (^ivic theatre, success- 





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in Chicago 






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A A. 11. WOODS'T 
DELPHI 

UROCK FKMItKltTON rroHenls 

STEICTtY DISaONOKABLE 

Comedy Hit liy l»RKSTON STCKGES 

Staecd by 
Anioinclte Perry ami Mr. Pemberton 

"An evenlnpr of doMpht." 

— Hpywood Broun. ".NfcCall's" Man. 



.NfATI.SKES 
THUKS. & SAT. 



SELWYN 

JANE 
COWL 

JENNY <-iy 
ERLANGER m-.uh. woo., .^in. 

Farewell to the Stage! 
WILLIAM 

GILLETTE 

111 Jll.<i - Famous ri-failon oC . 

"SHERLOCK HOLMES" 



R. K. O. WOODS 

It.VDIO nCTrRKS pr.-.iit 

HERBERT BRENON'S 

"THE CASE OF SERGEANT GRISCHA' 

M'.lll 

I'hester Morris, Betty Compson 
•'ftin HoFHlioU, Alee n. FrnnolB anti 
fiuMtuv Von SrylTcrtltz 



ful in Its first six months, plans It.s 
own theatre. 



"Take My Advice," an Ethel Ben- 
nett lycouni production^ closed Feb. 
25 at Gulfport, Miss.,, after playing 
winter season. 



Transfer of B. & K, assistant 
managers: Cavanaugh, Tiyoli to 
Oriental; Tabar, Oriental to Tivoli. 
Transfer of treasurers: Schwartz, 
United Artists to Oriental; Nesbitt, 
Oriental to McVicker's; Kennedy, 
McVicker's to .the Chicago; Mait- 
land, the Chicago to Tivoli; Rhodes, 
Tivoli to UTiited Artists. 



Cliarles Kaley plays two weeks In 
person in B. & K. neighborhood 
houses with his picture, "Lord Byron 
of Broadway," opening at the Mar- 
In-o March 28. 



cian and organist at State theatre, 
filed petition in bankruptcy last 
week. Owes $2,058.62; assets, J125. 



R. E. Bl.shop planning new theatre 
at North Baltimore, O. 



PORTLAND, ORE. 

nroudway — "Bishop Munlcr Oa^c.' 
I'ordnnil — "Sllprhtly Scarlet." 
Orphriim — "I'layliiB' Arnuml." 
I'nltol Artists — "Anna Chrlstli'" 

.'Vldfr — "South Sea Rose." 
Klalto — "Klch People." 
MiiHiR Box — "Uamcs Ahoy." 
Illn« Mouse — "Slie Couldn't 
12U wecUj; 
Orlfintol — "Vapabond I..over." 
Oiifwln — Henry Duffy Players. 



i;.l 



Say No" 



matlc department, 
ity. 



Drake Univera- 



Tlenry Dufl'y's Dtifwin ' in dol- 
drums with public liking big pic- 
tures and stage guest stars hut 
spoiled for the support of regiilar 
stock cast. 



Management of local Orpheum 
still unsettled. James Carrier (N. W. 
mgr. for R-K-O) here as jvctlvc 
head. Sam Cohen Is p. a. for the 
house. 



Managers of. the Chicago, United 



Lawrence Tibbett, here In con- 
cert at the Auditorium, proved 
good personal trailer for llnited 
Artists, which has his "Rogue 
•Song" next week. House ran ads 
in music sections, to cash in on 
Tibhett's concert publicity. 



Fare and half fares from all 
points 200 miles or less from l)es 
-Moines in efl'ect for I'hicapo (-ivic 
(;)pera Co. at Shrine auditorium, 
March 25. 

Stage spectacle followed by fire- 
works will supplant usual fireworks 
liageant at the 1030 Iowa i^tato fair, 
according to A. R. Corey, secrotary. 
One of tlie main f<\ttiires will he a 
ballet directed by Theodore KoslofT. 

The largest vote ever polled in 
Gai'jier, Iowa, brought ros<-ihding of 
city ordinance against Sunday pic- 
tures last week. 

Both tlie Ritz and Lincoln i)icluro 
hou.sos In Carilon, la., were de- 
-•^troyed by fire Fob. 26. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



All matter in CORRESPONDENCE refers to current week unless 
otherwise indicateo 

T:zXteer.l?t j giL.UDc).er...!G'O j C ^^ ^ <rn c e i n ll ii > ' hbu a ^ of^Vart^fe ty ar 
follows and on' paines: ■ ■- -r- 



BIRMINGHAM 70 

BUFFALO 69 

CHICAGO 69 

CLEVELAND 69 

DENVER 69 

DES MOINES 69 

DETROIT 70 

INDIANAPOLIS .. 70 

KANSAS CITY 70 

LOS ANGELES 70 

MILWAUKEE 69 

MINNEAPOLIS 70 



MONTREAL 71 

NEWARK 71 

OTTAWA 71 

PITTSBURGH 70 

PORTLAND, ORE. 69 

ROCHESTER 71 

iSAN FRANCISCO 70 

SARANAC LAKE ■ 70 

SEATTLE 71 

SYRACUSE 6'9 

TOLEDO 69 

WASHINGTON 71 



Artists and Tivoli have been shifted 
by Les Dally, B. & K. supervisor. 
G. L. Brandt goes from the UA to 
the Tivoli; M. H. Concannon, from 
the Chicago to the United Artists, 
and R. C. Bruder. Tivoli, to the 
Chicago. 



Small fire on stage of Capitol 
(RKO), Davenport, Ia„ closed the 
house two days for repairs. Fire 
occurred when house was empty. 



■ Mrs. Ernest Delaney, her baby 
daughter, Evelyn, and George Ker- 
ressl, all of Joliet; 111., were killed 
when a Rock Island train crashed 
into their auto last week. Mrs. De- 
laney was the wife of the nianager 
o!f the Blalto in 'Joliet. There are 
three other children who were in 
school at the time. 



TOLEDO 

By E. H. GOODING 

Paramount — "Only the Brave" 
»tau:e show. 

Vlta-TempIe — "Son of the Goda" 
week). 

Vulontine. — "Anna Christie." 
State — "X^efs Go Places." 
Princess — "The Melody Man," 
RlvoU— VaudfUm. 
Knipirc — Burlesque (Mutual). 



and 
(2d 



Petition out to keep Paul fiJpor us 
m. c. at Paramount. 



; Paramount and Valentine (Loew's) 
both splurging on advance exploita- 
tjion for "Vagabond King" at Par 
and "Rogue Song" at Val. 



; Jack O'Connell, besides managing 
Vita-Temple, serves as toastnia.ster 
or ni. c. at some banquet or public 
entertainment about every night, in 
addition to writing and producing 
weekly radio feature. 



.Cclia Crowley, 21, former Mutual 
burlesque girl, about to be released 
from Lucas county tuberculosis hosr 
l)ital, where she- has been confined 
^ for a year since a breakdown while 
i dancing in the Elmpire. Pronounced 
cured, but warned never to dance 
! again, llai-ry Winter, manager Km- 
pirc, saw t*> it that she got hohpital 
care 



Jlarold Bett.s, assl.stant publicUy 
in;in at Paramount, pressed into 
.service Jiga'ln last week to sing 
"Only a Rose" in advance ))lug for 
"Vag.'ibond King." 



MILWAUKEE 

By FRANK J. MILLER 

.Alliamlmi — "Girl from Wooiworlh's" 
Vii\t(lji«'n' — "June Moon" (leeU.^. 
(iarilen — "Green GoddesB." 
<i;ijoty — "Girl from Hdppyl.xnd" (AJu- 
luul). 

• AlnJvKtlc — "Not So Dumb." 

-MfrriH — "Woman Racket." 
. Piibot — German stock (Sunday); Bui- 
c»n }luln\es (Thursday). 

Pnlace-Orpheum — "I'alnted Angel." 

Klverside — "Painted Kaces" ; vuude. 

Strand — "Happy JDaya" (2d week). 
■ Wisconsin — "l.one Star Raneer"; stage 
sliow. 



W. O, James transferred from I'^ox 
house, WausaUf as city supervisor 
of J''ox Milwaukee theatres under 
A, D, Kvool. James formerly was at 
the AVlsconsIn. R. L. Honeck re- 
placea James at Wausau. Harry 
Grampp, recently with Buttcrfleld, 
succeeds Harry Ellis at Belolt, R. H. 
Miller appointed manager of l''ox 
Strand, Madison. 



The Oarrick, dark for months, Is 
to become a four-story garage, ac- 
coi'dlng to W. D, Fryer, who has ac- 
quired the property. The Garrick 
was originally the old Bijou Opera 
House, operated for many years by 
LItt & Dingwall. Later changed to 
the Gayety and burlesque, installed 
lor several years. 



Otis Skinner in "Papa Juan" ploys 
the Davidson March ]0. 



The old Rivervlew rink, destroyed 
by fire, will be replaced by a new 
structure. 



Following changes in film hotises 
In Iowa just recorded: The Plaza, 
"Waterloo, changed to the Iowa, with 
.lake Rosenthal manager; Crystal, 
Earleville, reopened by Doan Slick 
and Erwin Parkin; Lincoln, Lo\> den, 
sold by Kacena and ^Viese to H. 
Krcinbring; Strand, Sioux City, 
changed to the State. Managed by 
Harry Kupper; Lyric, AValnut, pur- 
chased liy R. K. Duke and O. C. 
Johnson; Lyric. (^oluiubus .Tunction, 
sold to Harold Kelly from Pick 
Hickman. 



falo this season coriiparcd with 
last. 



The Theatre School Players prt - 
sent Shaw's '"You Never Can Tell" 
beginning March 10. Two show.* 
.scheduled before close of season an 
"Bill of Divorcement ' and "Sun Up." 



Xew summer slock may play thi 
Krlanger hnmediately after Lent. 



I'arl Oolciuan, Great r.«iUi"^t or- 
ganist, goes to KufTalo Uroatlcast- 
Ing Co. permanently this week. 



Michael Shea, Vincent McK.iii 
and Charles Taylor, Shea l^ihli.v 
interests, leave here next week ii- 
attend Publix convention in Chicjix>' 



DENVER 



SYRACUSE, N. Y. 

By CHESTER B. BAHN 

Kmplrc — .syniouse I'layers (.slock) 
Kcltli'8 — Vuudnim. 
I.«<^v'» — Vaudfllm. 
Strund — "She Couldn't Say No" 
week). 

PiirKniounl — "Dangerous Paradise." 
Eckel— Ohrl.sllna" (1st halt); "Hui 
mony at Hon\o" (2d half). 
Blvoli— "IJlaLkimill." 



Jack Warner, for 10 yoajs wiii 
Keith's here, appointed' assistant i<. 
AVllUam J. Tubbert, managing *ll 
rector,, AVarner was once an actoi;. 
toured in BUiney melodramas an 
hiter in vaude with le.ani of .N'evill- 
and AVarnor. 



Tiiboi — "SiH-ond Wifo"; l-'HOclxm &■ 
.\l;irco Idea. 

. Aladdin — "Happy Days." 
-Americii— "t/onr .Star Hanirov." 
Orplieum — "VPngreanee" ; RKO vaude. 
I).envcr — "Anna Christie"; Vublix re- 



TiriiTto— ."DiCriccrous 'PaVaaTSoT 



Harry D. (aoldberg, forini^r l-\ .\ 
division manager for Bronx aini 
Queens, New Vork, has replacci; 
Edward H. Hart as upstate execu 
tive for Fox Metropolitan Tln>- 
atres. He w ill supervise some 3ii- 
-o.a d -.-nouses -Ismicl- ,.liead<iuar tc vs . .. .at , 
the Avon, "Utlca. 



Fifty men were arrested' In con- 
nection with a cock fighting tcur- 
ney near Fort Morgan, Colo. Scales 
used to weigh the birds, spurs and 
betting tickets were seized. When 
the raid occurred roosters were 
staked all over the barnyard, 50 
ready for battle and three billed in 
the preliminaries. Seven of pro- 
moters were jailed. 



T. Joe Cahlll, of the Wyoming 
Dude Ranch ass'n, recovering from 
an oi)eratIon. 



Fire In projection room of Lotus 
theatre, Sheridan, Wyo., did consid- 
erable damage. " Charles Tinker, 
electrician, \yas overcome by fumes. 



Lloyd D. W.aters pleaded guilty and 
was sentenced to 10 years for rob- 
bing the Lincoln theatre, Cheyenne, 
Wyo:, of $2,000. 



Mrs. Bonnie B. HInton was given 
a preliminary decree of divorce 
from Raymond D. HInton, actor, for 
desertion. They have one child. 



Robert Lewis Graham, director, 
Bob Lewis orchestra, has asked the 
court to change it to Robert Graham 
Lewis. 



CLEVELAND 

By GLENN 6. PULLEN 
lUpitodronic — "Gen cral Crack ." 
.Stillmnn — "Anna Ohrlslle." 
I'alace — "Men WItliout AVomen." 
Allen — "Otlier Tomorrow." 
Stale — "DangerouH ■ Paradise" ; unit. 
105th— "Ifit the Dock." 



Duel De Kerekjarto, violinist 
(vaude), last week had suit for di- 
vorce filed against him by his wife, 
Mrs. Marguerite Kasse De Kerek- 
jarto, charging non-support and 
neglect. She claims Duel left their 
Cleveland home July 1, 1929, and 
hasn't been back since. She doesn't 
ask alimony, only the right to use 
her maiden name. Mr.s. De Kerek- 
jarto owns .a .string of local ten 
rooms. Duel is in Hollywood. 



Harry Ifl. Lester (the Great Lc**- 
ter) was badly burned about the 
ijcad a'nd arms when a gasoline light 
exploded in his cottage near l^lilne- 
landei;. Lester rolled in the snow- 
to put out the blaze. 

'riu-atre managers are paying a 
great deal of attention to the agitii- 
tion now going on locally for day- 
light saving during July and 
August. They are against it. A 
.straw vote being conducted by the 
">"?entiJi(>l" has so far shown most 
.Milw.'iiikf-ejins f.'ivor the change. 



Max Lefkowitz to reopen the De- 
troit, purchased recently from L'nl- 
versal. with sound. 



All ofllcers of Cleveland Flln* 
fioard of Trade were re-elected 
ijnanlmouKly, namely Al Mertz, 
Dresldent; ("lllfford E. Almy, vice- 
president; AVIllIam WelsH, treas- 
urer; Mrs. Georgia Moffott, secre- 
tary. 



BUFFALO 



I J:ick iJcmpscy will referee Jiuhl 
.Marcli II) ijctween Johnny K;ii'r ;md 
("o\vl)(\v iOddie Andersoli for .\latcli- 
niiilcr Kd Me Daniel. 



Pat Rill, director llccri-aiidii So- 
cial club, found giiilly of violiiting 
stale anti-Sunday dance law in losi 
<'iise ill police eourt here. 



B<-lh'fo7it;iine Theatre Curi). plans 
lo luilld 1,400-seat theiitre in IJclh;- 
fiinlaine, O., for lea.se to the .--^c-iiines. 



"Wendell .1. English. Toh-do musi- 



DES MOINES 

Hcrclicl • ■ '.Ijinjto." 

Cfitilno • "Wall .Street"; j!i'-)-.:<,- It-iw 
land liurlosf|U". 

ColiHCuiii- Auiij show with i iil;,'.-; Vjk 
:,l...I.il-. 

DoK Moines • "AiiOii f'ii>:-'i< " 
<;:ird('ih ■> ..''fi i-;." 

()r|)l>»Mlllll "llill<*> li.'l''. lli'.l.. 

|l:i;. \o»jiln 

riiliK'c clijirit;' . 

I'lirsi mount 'nciil Mjiy c .,r 
r!i.- <;i>il.u. ' 

rrPHldcnl 'I'oiiuelU'" fslrnl-i, 
l'rlin'«-s<i 1)111 k. 
"^Iirliif DiTk. 

Siritiid "lliill-luji<l)" ; •Tii'- l.i.<i<-.| 
111.'.] •• 

l;i-n flrcf-t I'layers presf-nt "Il.iin- 
h-t" and "Twelfth Night" at Sliriiw 
.iij'liiinium Maivh 7, ;ni.>«p|ces dra- 



By SIDNEY BURTON 

.'Shubort-Teck— "Follow Thru;" 

ItufTulo — "She Couldn't Hay No." 

Century — ".Son of I lie flods." 

Ifipiv — "DanBcrouH I'arartlsc." 

(irciit I.akPH - ".'^ky Hnwlt." 

J.ufuyclto —"raity Cirl." 

(fiij'cty --"AVIiiP, ■ Woiiifn ;i rid 
( .Mui U!ll I. 

J.mie fAit Cin-jnia) "Knd 
PM'-iKburfC." 



Soni;" 
of St. 



I J'ublix opens "V'agabimd King" 
' witli a sp<-ci;il 'J'lnirsday night prin- 
'. niiorc at Sl.'iO, all. seats reserved, 
i with hoti.sc scab' boosted for first 
.Jiinc. 

Only 17 h-gils have played Bnf- 



Ruth Abbott, Syracuse actre^^. 
has quit stock to join the Coast'- 
bound Chicago Co. of "June Moon.' 
opening In St. l.,ouIs. 



Paramoimt's "The Vagabonn 
King" plays Keith's week March 2!i. 
The picture wa.s one of a group 
bought by Keith's before Publlx In- 
vaded the' local field with the ai - 
qui,sitlon of the Temple, remodeleti 
as the Paramount. Reported I'ar.i 
mount offered $5,000 for the sur- 
render of the Syracuse rights. 

Keith's will not eliminate vaudi 
when playing it as was done wlii. 
"Rio Rita." However, listher Ral- 
ston, scheduled to headline, will b' 
given another date to lighten tlii 
overhead for the week. 

"The Case of Sergeant Grisclia" Ih 
set for Keith's week March 22. 

Loew's Slate announces "Thv 
Rogue Song" as coming via traiU i 
with no date mentioned. 



Albert Robblns will manage llu 
Richmond theatre, Herkimer, when 
it reopens late this week under con- 
trol of the Js'aro Corporation of 
Utlca, headed by his brother. 
Nathan L. Robblns. 

The Naro Corporation -Inaugurat- 
ed vaudrtlm at the Colonial, ITtIca, 
last week, the policy bringing back 
RKO bills to town. 



For a third time a deal designed 
to rejuvenate the Savoy theatr*.-. 
long dark, has petered out, Jo- 
seph Solomon and Morris Fltzcr 
prospective lessees, had contem- 
plated wiring the house for a pic- 
ture policy. 



Split weeks at the Eckel, the Fox 
house, apparently seeking to clean 
house as far as bookings are con- 
cerned. 



The Cameo has 
ICIectrlc. 



gone Weston/ 



Loew's and Keith's, now main- 
taining special children's price of 
25c in an effort to capture family 
tt-ade. Paramount lures the kid - 
with 15c. 

The Kckel now asks 50c at nlghi 
as against the old price of 35c. 

The Syracuse, pla.ylng picture.-* 
and three acts, has reduced Its scnh 
to 10-20C, while the Swan, down- 
town unwlrcd, gets lOo. 

For Its flniil concert, March 1:;. 
the .'i.vracusp Symphony swlt<'he> 
from the Strand to the Slate Ar- 
ilnory. 



Ro.sa Ponsel'le concerts at Ui< 
Ml7,pah April 2. 



Loew's has eliminated the over- 
ture and Keith's is making it a fca- 
lure each week. Ken. Sparnon, con- 
ductor Keith band. Introduces thi 
selection with a few words of com- 
ment. 



Hcnriclla 
r)ianlst, play> 
spring with 
Orchesti'a. 



Shumann, .Syracus ■ 
fis soloist during th'- 
llic ParLw Kymi)hony 



JTalh'e .^lih-s, S.vniciisc diva,, ag.'iir 
aripejirs lK-ff In cf;n<'crt at the .Mr/.- 
pah Ma n il 2.'>, 



IN CHICAGO 



LINDY'S RESTAURANT 

On Randolph Street „ 

Is Home, Sweet Home, to the Profession 
A (3ood Place to Eat and Meet 



7C 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, March 5, 1930 



HOLLYWOOD 

and Los Angeles 

"Variety's" Office, TAFT BUILDING, Vine St. and Hollywood Blvd. 

Phone Hollywood 6141 



Dance marathon at Hawthorne, 
suburb near here, is now In its sev- 
enth week and cleaning up. John 
Pollitt and Russell Qualntance are 
promotihBr it. An old dance hall, 
with about 1,000 capacity, Is being 
used at BOc, straight admish, and 
the natives are flocking. Reserved 
stalls and boxes sell for an extra 
two-bit piece. 

Frederick Harrington is resident 
stage manager for the Civic Keper-. 
tory Theatre at the Hollywood Music 
Box. He acquired the post while 
acting in "A Bill of Divorcement." 
It's a salary job. 



Tests of studio generators were 
started Ti^sday night (25) by mu- 
nicipal power engineers co-operat- 
ing with the producers-technicians 
sub-committee on arc-silencin